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2017 October 30 ( Monday )  18:17:35
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ECHR will announce the second decision in the case of Ilgar Mammadov

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: On 16 November the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will announce the second complaint of the leader of the REAL movement Ilgar Mammadov, lawyer Fuad Agayev told Turan. The second complaint concerns gross violations of Mamedov's rights, in the courts of Azerbaijan: Sheki Serious Crimes Court , Appeals Court and Supreme Court.

According to the lawyer, the complaint raises questions about the violation of Mamedov's right under the Article 6 (right to a fair trial); 13 (right to effective remedies); 14 (prohibition of discrimination); 17 (prohibition of abuse of rights) and 18 (Limit on the application of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention.

The leader of the REAL Movement, Ilgar Mammadov, was arrested on far-fetched charges of organizing riots in the Ismayilli region in January 2013 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

However, the European Court of Human Rights has found his arrest unlawful and politically motivated and decided to immediately release him. This decision of the Strasbourg Court, taken in May 2014, has not yet been enforced.

On October 25, 2017, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe officially notified Azerbaijan of the start of legal actions related to the need to ensure the implementation of the ECHR decision in the case of Ilgar Mammadov. The result of these procedures could be the applying sanctions against Azerbaijan, if Mamedov is not released. -16B--

The first train on the BTK

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: The first freight train was sent today on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway at the end of the opening ceremony with participation of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the heads of government of Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The first train carried 32 containers from Kazakhstan, which were sent to Europe. -06D--

President of Turkey on the prospects of BTK

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is one of the links of the new Silk Road, the main part of the East-West corridor, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of the BTC. "Trains will already directly follow from London to Beijing," Erdogan said. According to him, Turkey has been making efforts in this direction for 15 years.

The opening of the third bridge across the Bosphorus in Istanbul and other projects are elements of this project, Erdogan said. "We connect Europe with Kazakhstan through the port of Aktau and with Turkmenistan through the port of Turkmenbashi. BTK will annually transport 6 million tons of cargo and 1 million passengers. In 2030 cargo transportation will reach 17 million tons, and passenger transportation - 3 million people.

Today 240 million tons of cargo is transported from China to Europe. If even 10% of these cargoes go through BTK, it will be 24 million tons," Erdogan said.-06D--

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan welcome BTK

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) increases the logistics and transit capabilities of Kazakhstan in the Caspian. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev at the opening ceremony of the BTK. According to him, the BTK creates favorable opportunities for transporting goods from China to Europe, speeding up them twice. He noted that container shipments from China will be delivered through Kazakhstan and then through the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and follow to Europe via BTK.

BTK is an important element of the East-West corridor, Uzbek Premier Abdulla Aripov said in turn. According to him, Uzbekistan is interested in transshipment of cargoes through this corridor, which will allow more efficient use of the country's economic opportunities. -06B-

The summit of the countries of the "Silk Road" will be held in Tbilisi

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will become a new Eurasian bridge and will change the economic realities of the region, strengthen its transport and trade status, Prime Minister of Georgia Grigory Kvirikashvili stated at the opening ceremony of the BTK.

He drew attention to the fact that in addition to cargo transportation, BTK will serve up to 1 million passengers annually, which will give impetus to the development of tourism, create new jobs.

In his view, BTK's success is predetermined by the growth of economic ties with China.

Container trains departing from the PRC for BTK, will reach the addressee in Europe in just 8 days, said the Georgian prime minister. He also said that the summit of the countries of the "Silk Road" will be held in Tbilisi on November 28-29. -06D-

Ilham Aliyev: BTK is the shortest route between Europe and Asia

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) is the shortest and most reliable route connecting Europe and Asia, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the opening ceremony of the BTK and sending the first train to it. BTK becomes an important part of the transport map of Eurasia. At the first stage, it will transport 5 million tons of cargo annually, and then - up to 17 million tons. "This road will serve stability, security, increase mutual investment, promote the development of tourism. The successful operation of the BTC will enhance the geopolitical importance of our countries," Aliyev said.

He recalled that earlier Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey launched the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline. All this is evidence of the friendship and brotherhood of the three countries. "Our countries are implementing projects important for the whole region and the world. Currently, the Southern Gas Corridor project is being successfully implemented. 60% of work on the TAP gas pipeline was done," Aliyev said. It was the successful implementation of energy projects that created the conditions for the construction of the BTK, he noted. -06D--

Akif Chovdarov is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: Today in the Baku military court announced a sentence to a group of former high-ranking officers of the now abolished Ministry of National Security. The main figure - the former head of the Department of Security in the energy and transport spheres, General Akif Chovdarov was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was accused of 10 articles of the Criminal Code, including such grave crimes as kidnapping, extortion by threats, misappropriation, abuse of office, etc. The prosecutor asked Chovdarov 15 years of imprisonment. Two other officers of the MNB, Salim Mammadov and Akif Aliyev, who were on this case, were sentenced respectively to 11 and 5 years of imprisonment. Personnel cleansing and arrests in the MNS began in October 2015 after the removal of the head of this department Eldar Mahmudov. About 20 senior officers of the department were arrested, and the special service itself was disbanded. On its basis, the State Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service were created.-06D-

Singer suspected of helping runaway prisoners is detained

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: Singer Fadai Lachin was detained on suspicion of helping runaway prisoners, the Prosecutor General's Office said. She is accused of helping two prisoners - Etibar Mammadov and Ali Agami, who escaped from the Astara-Baku train on October 23 when they were transferred from Lankaran to Baku. With regard to F.Lachin, a measure of restraint was chosen in the form of arrest.

It should be recalled that on 23 October the accused Etibar Mamedov (born in 1980) and Ali Agami (1989), escaped from Lankaran in Baku in a special car, escaped at Baladjari station.

Both are accused of committing particularly serious crimes. Mamedov is charged under Article 234.4.3 (illegal drug trafficking on a large scale). Agami, who had previously been tried, charged under art. 120.2.2 (premeditated murder committed for hooligan reasons) and 228 (illegal possession of firearms).

Last week in the Lankaran Court of Grave Crimes, the prosecutor asked everyone for 19 years of imprisonment. On October 26, Ali Agami was detained and placed in pre-trial detention facility, and the search for Etibar Mammadov continues. As a result of the official check, several officers and employees of the Penitentiary Service were dismissed from the posts and dismissed from the judicial authorities, two employees were arrested. -0-

The appeal of journalist Zia Assadli is considered in the city of Shirvan

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: On October 30, A preliminary considered the complaint of the regional correspondent of the newspaper "Azadlig" Ziya Asadli in the Shirvan Court of Appeal, Tur was informed by attorney Elchin Sadygov. "The investigation into the Asadli case was closed, he was not allowed to bring a lawyer of his choice. There are many dark moments in the matter. Therefore, the complaint must be considered with a re-trial," Sadigov said. However, the court rejected the motion.

The lawyer further petitioned to change the measure of restraint in the form of arrest and release of the journalist from custody. The court rejected this petition. Only one petition was granted - on extradition to the defense of copies of the materials of the criminal case. The next trial is scheduled for November 7.

Asadli was sentenced on September 5 to 3 years imprisonment. The Bilasuvar District Court found him guilty under Article 221.3 (hooliganism with the use of weapons or an object used as a weapon).

He denied the charges and said that a provocation was committed against him and the real reason for his arrest is the publication of reports about protest actions of the population due to social problems. -05B-

Second trial in the case of the blogger Mehman Huseynov

Baku / 30.10.17 / Turan: Re-consideration of the case of blogger Mehman Huseynov in the Baku Court of Appeal (BCA) is scheduled for November 3, his lawyer Elchin Sadigov said. In this connection, the blogger was transferred from the jail to the Shuvalan pre-trial detention center. On 29 September the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan partially satisfied the cassation appeal of Mehman Huseynov, convicted under the libel article, and his complaint was returned to the Court of Appeal. The reason for Huseynov's arrest was his statements about the use of torture against him in the police in January this year. In response, the head of the Nasimi district police department of Baku demanded to punish the blogger for libel. On 3 May the Surakhani district court of Baku sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison, having found him guilty of libel (Article 147 Criminal Code.) The Baku Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal against the verdict. Mehman Huseynov is known for his numerous videos about the corruption of high-ranking officials in the satirical online magazine Sancaq. He is recognized as a political prisoner.-05B06--