Chovdarov: Release them and I’ll sign whatever you tell me to - UPDATED

Chovdarov: Release them and I’ll sign whatever you tell me to - UPDATED
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Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku’s Sabunchu district court on Thursday continued the preliminary hearing in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and others arrested alongside him.

 

Chovdarov’s attorneys asked for termination of the case, cancellation of the pretrial detention, his release from prison, appointment of a foreign medical expertise for him.

 

The court partially accepted the petition about expertise, excluding that experts will not be foreigners. The other petitions were all denied.

 

Chovdarov then made a short speech asking for the release of the defendants.

 

“Free them and I’ll sign whatever you tell me to,” he said.

 

The court then made the decision of holding a judicial review. The prosecutor began announcing the bill of indictment. The hearing is going on closed to the press.  

 

 

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Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku’s Sabunchu district court held a preliminary hearing on Thursday in the criminal case involving Major General Akif Chovdarov, former head of the main energy and transport security directorate under the liquidated Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and others arrested alongside him.

 

Chovdarov withdrew the petition on refusal of his attorneys Kamandar Nasibov and Sadig Rasulov at the hearing presided over by Chairman of Baku Military Court Habib Hasanov. He said he wants Nasibov and Rasulov to defend him along with Shahin Rafiyev.

 

The hearing is going on closed to the press.  

 

Akif Chovdarov faces charges under Articles 145.3 (illegal deprivation of freedom of a person, causing to the death of the victim or other serious consequences by negligence), 179.3.1, 179.3.2 (embezzlement or waste by an organized group on a large scale), 181.3.1, 181.3.2 (robbery committed by an organized group in order to seize the property on a large scale), 182.3.1, 182.3.2 (extortion, committed by an organized group in order to obtain property on a large scale), 228.4 (illegal purchase, selling or carrying of gas weapon, cold steel, including throwing weapon), 302.1, 302.2 (implementation operative - search actions by not authorized persons, as well as implementation of these actions by authorized persons, but without grounds provided by the legislation, entailed essential, and the same acts committed with use of special means, intended for secret dredging the information), 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4 (bribe-taking by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement, committed repeatedly on a large scale with the use of threats), 313 (service forgery), 341.2.1, 341.2.2, 241.2.3 (abusing authority, excess or inactivity of authority committed by a group of persons, committed with the use of weapons, resulted in grave consequences) of the Criminal Code. The former head of the first department of the ministry’s main directorate Salim Mammadov is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.1, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former head of the second department Akif Aliyev is charged under articles 145.3, 179.3.1, 179.3.2, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 313, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3; the former deputy head of the first division of the third department Orkhan Osmanov is charged under 145.3, 181.3.1, 181.3.2, 182.3.1, 182.3.2, 302.2, 311.3.1, 311.3.2, 311.3.3, 311.3.4, 341.2.1, 341.2.2 and 341.2.3.

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