Akif Chovdarov gives up hunger strike - UPDATED

Akif Chovdarov gives up hunger strike - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED</span>
# 05 December 2016 14:25 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Monday continued the trial 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 (MNS) of Azerbaijan, and other people arrested alongside him.

 

The hearing was held closed to the press. An expert gave his opinion in regard the petition filed by attorneys as to examining Chovdarov’s health. The expert says Chovdarov’s examination is improbable as he has spent 40 days on hunger strike. Chovdarov said he has already given up the hunger strike.

 

The next hearing will be held on December 19.

 

 

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Baku. Shahriyar Alizade – APA. Baku's Sabunchu District Court on Monday continued the trial 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 (MNS) of Azerbaijan and other people arrested alongside him.

 

The hearing presided over by judge Chairman of Baku Military Court Habib Hasanov was held closed to the press.

 

Salim Mammadov’s lawyer Javid Rzazade said that the defendant’s mother has died and he is asking the court to allow him to attend her funeral. The court rejected the petition.

 

Later, Nigar Mammadova, ex-wife of aggrieved person Shahmar Gurbanov, testified. She said that during the investigation, she signed the testimony without reading. Then her testimony was read out. Mammadova said that she told the investigation what she had heard from Shahrmar Gurbanov.

 

However, Gurbanov told journalists that his wife knew about him giving money to Chovdarov: “My wife said during the trial that she knew that the houses, car and facility were sold and the money was given to Akif Chovdarov. About one million manats. Nigar verified the testimony she gave during the investigation. She said that she was aware that she and Isgandar Huseynov traveled abroad to bring diamonds for Akif Chovdarov and Eldar mahmudov," he said.

 

The hearing will be continued in the afternoon.

 

Gurbanov said during the investigation that he gave $500,000 and diamonds worth $380,000 to Akif Chovdarov.

 

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.

 

The court ordered seizure on property and cash worth of 33,466,000, trade and service sectors, greenhouses, aquaculture farms and other property complexes, land plots worth of 8,967,000 manats, private houses, apartments and vehicles worth of 24,445,000 manats, jewelry worth of 37,000 manats belonging to the accused persons –- Akif Chovdarov, Salim Mammadov, Akif Aliyev and Orkhan Osmanov to compensate damage caused to the aggrieved persons.

 

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