Azerbaijani Supreme Court reaches verdict to release executive director of internet TV ‘Kanal-13’

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5 April 2018

The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan on Thursday considered the cassation appeal of Aziz Orujov, the imprisoned executive director of internet television “Kanal-13.”


Attorney Javad Javadli told APA that the court partially cancelled the verdict of the Baku Court of Appeal against Aziz Orujov.


Orujov was sentenced to 3 years in prison and this decision was replaced by a conditional sentence. The decision was then reached to release him.


Orujov will be released from jail in the coming hours.


Aziz Orujov was detained on May 2 on charges of resistance to police and was sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention.


On June 1, the Investigation Department for Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General’s Office initiated a criminal case against Orujov under articles 192 (illegal business) and 308 (abuse of power) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. On the same day, Orujov was put in 4-month pretrial detention.


The Baku Court on Grave Crimes pronounced a verdict sentencing Orujov to six years of imprisonment. The appeal lodged against the verdict was denied. Following that, a cassation appeal was made.