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2017 October 23 ( Monday )  15:16:07
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European Court Reviews Complaints of Seven Azerbaijanis

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: The European Court started consideration of seven complaints from Azerbaijan related to violation of property rights and freedom of movement. Information about this is available on the website of the European Court of Justice. The court sent questions to the government of Azerbaijan in this connection.

The complainants Zulfiya Aliyeva, Nazila Mammadova, Svetlana Fedorova, Turan Aliyev, Guteis Huseynova, and Tatyana Muratova lived in the central part of Baku. Some of them even had objects in the center of the city. Several years ago, the apartments and commercial properties that were in their ownership were demolished.

The claimants were paid an amount of 1,500 AZN for each square meter. However, they argue that the legislation provides for the payment of an additional benefit of 30 percent. The executive power of Baku evaded payment of this amount. The appeals of the complainants in this connection to the local courts were also in vain.

The six complainants appealed to the European Court with the assertion that the state violated Article 1 of the Additional Protocol No. 1 of the European Convention (property law), as well as Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

The other complaint investigated by the European Court was sent by a citizen who was barred from admission to the Shahdag National Park.

Shafag Amrahova in 2013 wanted to climb Mount Bazarduziu, located on the territory of the above-mentioned park. For this, she appealed to the leadership of the park, which did not give her the permission.

In this regard, Amrahova appealed to the relevant government agencies, asking to annul the decision of the park's management. The management of the park did not leave the citizen without an answer and issued another decision, according to which Amrahova was forbidden to enter the park for three years.

Amrahova appealed to the court, but the court did not satisfy the complaint yet.

In the European Court, the complainant is represented by the lawyer Anar Mamishov. The court is required to recognize the violation of the right to freedom of movement reflected in Article 2 of Protocol No. 4 of the European Convention and to decide on the payment of the losses.

The European Court sent questions to the government regarding all the above seven complaints. These questions should be answered within two months. -0-

Experts: Azerbaijan Should Not Withdraw from Council of Europe

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: The Azerbaijani Parliament"s Speaker Oktay Asadov said at the Parliament"s session on October 20 that if the measures envisaged in Art. 46 of the European Convention are applied, the issue of Azerbaijan"s withdrawal from the Council of Europe will be discussed.

"Azerbaijan fulfills all these decisions and pays fines. As if they are playing in a lottery, they choose Azerbaijan from so many countries as a target. The application of the well-known article against Azerbaijan would be biased. If this article is applied, we will discuss whether we will remain in the Council of Europe," Asadov said.

The Speaker"s anger was caused by the fact that the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on the European Court of Human Rights to give an opinion on the implementation of the European Court"s decision regarding the chairman of the ReAL movement Ilgar Mammadov by Azerbaijan. In addition, the Bureau called for the application of measures under Article 46 of the Convention to Azerbaijan as soon as possible. This article states that if the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe considers that the country refuses to implement the final decision on the case and the court confirms the violation, the case is sent to the Committee of Ministers for taking measures, one of which may be the expulsion of the country from the Council of Europe.

Back in May 2014, the European Court recognized the arrest of Ilgar Mammadov as illegal, aimed at forcing Mammadov to stop criticizing the authorities, and called for his immediate release. For three years, the Council of Europe has repeatedly demanded the release of the opposition politician, but he remains in custody.

Is the withdrawal of Azerbaijan from the Council of Europe, of which it became a member in 2001, real, and what consequences will it have for the country?

Political scientist Hikmet Hajizadeh believes the authorities will act as events unfold. "They will wait for the steps of the Council of Europe, which threatens Azerbaijan with the withdrawal from the organization. However, this is a long procedure and, as we move towards a decision, Oktay Asadov"s proposal will become increasingly relevant. In a very short period until exclusion, the authorities will say they do not need the Council of Europe and they will demonstrate themselves out of its composition," the political scientist believes.

In his opinion, the withdrawal of the country from the Council of Europe will have negative consequences on a global scale. "We will close our information, development, science and culture and will gradually regress. In addition, it will affect the Karabakh issue. The European community seems inactive, but if a peaceful solution to the conflict is outlined, it could be very useful for us and would put forward reasonable, democratic plans for a world order. Now, if Azerbaijan raises the issue of the return of Karabakh peacefully, the Council of Europe will not be inclined to support us, saying that Azerbaijan is not a democratic and therefore a peaceful country, and it is better for Karabakh to stay away. Azerbaijan"s withdrawal from the Council of Europe bears a great threat to a fair resolution of the issue in our favor," the political scientist said.

Hajizadeh stressed that if Azerbaijan wants to remain in the CE, it will fulfill the conditions of the organization in one way or another.

"The authorities will try, without losing their image, to fulfill certain requirements of the Council of Europe. Europeans usually do not press in this case. Seeing real progress, they will not sarcastically represent this process as a fright of the country. If the Azerbaijani authorities want, the issue will move from the dead point in a positive direction," Hajizadeh said.

According to the head of the Center for Strategic Studies Atlas Elkhan Shaheenoglu, the Azerbaijani authorities will take a big risk and decide on the withdrawal of the country from the CoE.

"I carefully read the speech of the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Council of Europe Samad Seyidov and came to the conclusion that Seyidov, in spite of the harsh criticism, himself, too, is against the withdrawal of the country from the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is a fairly serious European organization, and our way out will negatively affect our relations with Europe. In addition, if we withdraw from the Council of Europe, there will remain Armenia, whose delegation will adopt resolutions against Azerbaijan. This also does not meet our interests. The presence of Azerbaijan in the organization ensured the adoption of several resolutions against Armenia. Taking into account these two factors, I do not think that Azerbaijan will decide to withdraw from the Council of Europe at will. I also do not believe that the Council of Europe will put to the vote the expulsion of the country from its membership and take such a decision," Shaheenoglu said.

The political scientist noted that the main requirement in relation to Azerbaijan is the release of several political prisoners.

"This mainly applies to Ilgar Mammadov. I think the Azerbaijani authorities will not release him under pressure. If Ilgar Mammadov is released now, it will look like the decision was made under pressure, and the authorities do not like pressure. However, certain oral promises may be made to the Council of Europe. At the end of each year, orders for pardon are usually signed. It seems to me that if they promise to pardon several persons, including Ilgar Mammadov, it will be possible to eliminate the pressure of the Council of Europe on the basis of this verbal agreement," E. Shaheenoglu stressed. -0-

Term of Iranian Ministers Visit Changed

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: The term of the visit of the Iranian Finance Minister Masoud Karbasian to Baku has been changed, the Iranian Embassy reported. The visit scheduled for October 23-24 has been postponed to October 26-27.

During the visit of the Iranian Minister, his meetings with the Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev are planned. It is also expected that the Iranian Minister will meet with President Ilham Aliyev.

It should be noted that this is the first visit of the Iranian Minister to Azerbaijan as a new co-chairman of the joint intergovernmental commission on economic, trade and humanitarian cooperation. From the Azerbaijani side, the chairman of the above-mentioned commission is Minister Shahin Mustafayev. -0-

Netherlands Appeal to Prosecutor General of Ukraine in Connection with Fikret Huseynli

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kiev sent an official appeal to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General"s Office in connection with the citizen of the Netherlands Fikret Huseynli, detained at the Boryspil airport.

The Ambassador"s letter expresses concern about the detention of the Dutch citizen Fikret Huseynli and his future fate in Ukraine. The letter also indicates that Fikret Huseynli in 2008 asked for political asylum in the Netherlands and this right was granted to him. In 2013, his right to reside was extended for an indefinite period. In 2014, Huseynli was granted the citizenship of the Netherlands.

The letter says that "the extradition of Huseynli to Azerbaijan contradicts Article 3 (prohibition of torture) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The taking of such steps is contrary to the law."

Fikret Huseynli was detained by border guards at the Boryspil airport on departure from Kiev to Dusseldorf on the basis of the request of the Azerbaijani side to Interpol. He is accused of fraud and illegal crossing of the border of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.

On October 18, the Boryspil City Court sentenced him to arrest for 18 days. -03B-

Elmar Mammadyarov on Working Visit to Italy

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov went to Italy for a working visit, the press service of the ministry reports. Mammadyarov will take part in the conference on Strengthening of the Mediterranean Sea Security, Cooperation in the Century of a Large Flow of Migrants and Refugees on October 24-25. This conference is held within the framework of the OSCE Cooperation for the Mediterranean Program Partnership.

Within the framework of the event, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will hold a number of bilateral meetings with a number of officials and will also address the conference. -0-

Azerbaijani Soldier Killed on Front Line

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: On Sunday, as a result of the ceasefire violation by the Armenian Armed Forces, a soldier of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, Jabbar Firuddin Oglu Zeynalov was killed. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.

The press release draws attention to the fact that 'in recent days, representatives of various official power bodies of Armenia, including Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, have made false and slanderous statements about the alleged death of an Armenian serviceman as a result of fire from the Azerbaijani side.' "The reports that the Armenian soldier was shot by his colleague once again prove the groundlessness of such statements by high-ranking officials of Armenia and are evidence of the criminalization of the enemy's army, as well as the chaos that reigns in it," the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

The department declares that 'the entire responsibility for provocation of the enemy on the front lines lies with the criminal military and political leadership of Armenia.' --0---

Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan departs for USA

Baku/21.10.17/Turan: The First Deputy of Defence Minister - Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Najmaddin Sadikov departs for Washington, USA to attend Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering-Violent Extremist Organizations (C-VEOs) to be held on October 24, 2017.

Criminal Case Filed on Escape of Prisoners

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: The Investigatory Directorate for Serious Crimes of the Prosecutor General"s Office filed a criminal investigation into the escape of prisoners transported to Baku. The escape occurred on October 23 from the Astara-Baku train from a special-purpose car with appropriate security, the Penitentiary Service reports.

Detective measures to catch the fugitives continue. -0-

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2017.10.23 (Mon.) 10:51:45

Prisoners Escape from Train

Baku / 23.10.17 / Turan: Two prisoners escaped from the train that was carrying them from Baku to Shirvan. They managed to escape when the train was at the station of Bileceri.

Law enforcement agencies report that the escaped are Etibar Alekper Oglu Mammadov born in 1980 and Ali Rasim Oglu Agami born in 1983.

Mammadov is charged under Article 234.4.3 of the Criminal Code (the sale of drugs on a large scale), and Agami is charged under Article 120.2.2 of the Criminal Code (murder out of hooliganism) and 228 (illegal possession of firearms). -0---

Press Review 10/23/2017

The course of reforms in the country, the high cost in the construction materials market, the reasons that impede the development of the economy are the leading topics of today's press.

The newspaper Azerbaijan writes about the new quality of reforms conducted in the country. In this regard, the author concentrates on the regional public discussions Economic Reforms in Azerbaijan: Achievements and Prospects that took place in Guba. Such discussions were also held in Agdam and Sheki, and they are planned to be held in Gandja, Shirvan, Lankaran and Mingechevir. The author also notes that the former President Heydar Aliyev gave the start to economic reforms, and the current President Ilham Aliyev is his worthy successor.

The newspaper Yeni Musavat writes that customs duties have caused fantastic prices in the construction materials market. The reason for the rise in price could not be devaluation, as for 9 months the manat is stable. Or at least, it turns out that the reasons are not quite this one. The author believes that a new construction boom is expected in Baku, since high-rise buildings will be built instead of demolished old buildings. The author narrates about the largest market of building materials in Baku - Darnagul, noting that there is a shortage of customers in the market, as more than two months there is an increase in prices for building materials. The author links this with the increase in customs duties. For example, the cost of 1 kg of nails is 1 manat 35 gapik. Customs appointed a duty for each kilogram in the amount of 10-15 gapik. The author gives the prices of building materials and duties imposed on them.

The newspaper Novoye Vremya published an article titled Oil Rate or Reform? According to calculations, the drop in the cost of crude oil on the world market by $ 5 could reduce the revenues of the Azerbaijani budget by 62.5 million manat. The change in prices for crude oil also affects the consolidated budget through the revenues of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ). Reducing the price of crude oil by $ 5 could lead to a reduction in SOFAZ"s revenues by 794 million manat. Macroeconomic stability can only be achieved if all non-oil sectors of the economy are successful, plus the oil industry. The current trend of oil quotes positively affects the state"s revenues. So, it is possible to exclude the risks for macroeconomic stability in Azerbaijan through real economic reforms as opposed to the oil rate. No other option is possible.