Baku Court of Appeal begins trial on appeal filed by Leyla and Arif Yunus

# 12:03
19 April 2017

The Baku Court of Appeal on Wednesday began the trial on an appeal filed by Director of Institute of Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunus and his spouse Arif Yunus against the verdict of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.  


The couple’s attorney, Elchin Sadigov, asked for copies of the 300-page documents related to the case, APA reported


The court granted the motion and gave him the documents.


Prosecutor Abbas Abbasli asked the court to permit the couple to take part in the process.


The court said it will consider this appeal in the next trial on May 3.


Leyla and Arif Yunus are charged under article 178.3.2 (swindle with causing damage in the large size) of the Criminal Code.


On 13 August, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes sentenced Leyla Yunus to 8 years and 6 months in prison and Arif Yunus to 7 years in prison. The verdict also included the seizure of their property and transferring of their funds in their bank accounts to state account. They filed an appeal against the verdict.


At the hearing held on November 12, 2015, the Court of Appeal changed the pretrial detention. Arif Yunus was then released on recognizance not to leave.


On December 9, 2015, Baku Court of Appeal passed a decision, declaring 8.5-year imprisonment Leyla Yunus is sentenced to conditional, with five years of probation. Her pretrial detention was annulled and she was released in the courtroom.