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2017 November 02 ( Thursday )  14:10:39
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Criminal Case against Turan News Agency Closed, Charges against Mehman Aliyev Dropped

Baku / 02.11.17 / Turan: The Turan news agency"s director Mehman Aliyev was invited to the Prosecutor General"s Office to the First Deputy Prosecutor General Rustam Usubov today.

During the conversation, he handed Mehman Aliyev an official letter on the termination of the criminal case against him and the news agency.

In the letter signed by Ramil Mejidov, head of the department for overseeing the execution of laws in the investigation and operational activities in the tax and customs authorities of the Prosecutor General"s Office, it is said that by the October 30 decision of the investigator of the IV Investigation Division of the Tax Crimes Preliminary Investigation Department of the Ministry of Taxes, Vusal Ibadov, the criminal case against LLC Turan News Agency investigated under art. 192.2.2 (Illegal Business with the Extraction of Large Income), 213.1 (Tax Evasion) and 308.1 (Abuse of Office) was terminated.

The decision came into force on November 2 from the day the letter was handed over. Mehman Aliyev has been also lifted restrictions on his freedom of movement.

Thus, the agency can restore its activities in normal mode.

At the same time, the decision of the desk audit carried out by the Baku City Local Income Department on August 7, 2017 on accrual of additional taxes amounting to 37,000 manat to the news agency remains unchanged.

However, the termination of criminal proceedings means that there were no violations of the law in the news agency"s activities. With this in mind, the cancellation of the desk audit results should be a formality, and the agency"s lawyer Fuad Agayev will take the necessary legal actions in this regard, Turan"s management believes.

* Recall that in May, the Baku City Local Income Department accrued the Turan news agency sanctions of 5,000 manat for 2016. However, after the Turan news agency"s administrative complaint, the higher instance of the Ministry of Taxes canceled this decision on June 30.

Nevertheless, on August 7 the same department already accrued unpaid taxes of 9,000 manat for 2016, and 37,000 manat as total for the years 2014 - 2016. After that, a criminal case was initiated against the news agency.

On August 25, the news agency"s director Mehman Aliyev was arrested. However, on September 11, he was released under a written undertaking not to leave the city of Baku. -06C--

Issues of Cooperation in Caspian Sea Discussed in Tehran

Baku / 02.11.17 / Turan: Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan intend to cooperate in the fields of multimodal transport, sea tourism and conservation of aquatic biological resources of the Caspian Sea. This is stated in the joint statement of the Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev, following the results of the trilateral summit in Tehran, RIA Novosti reported.

"Considering the Caspian Sea as a sea of ​​peace, friendship, security and cooperation, the parties note the need to strengthen relations in such areas as cooperation between port administrations, maritime navigation, multimodal transport, maritime tourism, conservation of aquatic biological resources, environmental protection, energy, trade, and economy," the document says.

In addition, the parties intend to develop cooperation in scientific research of the Caspian Sea, hydrography and meteorology. Moscow, Tehran and Baku also intend to jointly develop security and military cooperation, and prevent emergencies in the Caspian.

The sides in general expressed their satisfaction with the negotiations on the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. They reaffirmed their intention "to ensure the early adoption of this fundamental document by the consensus of the Coastal States." -02D-

Moscow, Baku and Tehran Intend to Expand Energy Cooperation

Baku / 01.11.17 / Turan: Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran intend to expand cooperation in the energy and transport spheres. This is stated in a joint statement adopted at a meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran, Ilham Aliyev, Vladimir Putin and Hasan Rouhani, in Tehran on November 1.

The parties intend to deepen cooperation on international energy platforms and in the oil and gas sector. "The parties note the key role of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the stable functioning of regional and global energy markets, and support the expansion of cooperation in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors, including exploration and development of oil and gas fields, transportation and swap supplies of crude oil and oil products, as well as deepening cooperation at international energy sites," the statement quoted by TASS said.

The parties, in addition, expressed support for the implementation of the project on the interconnection of the electricity grids of the three states and the agreements on electricity trade.

The heads of state expressed satisfaction with the tripartite cooperation and stressed the importance of raising the level of relations and developing cooperation between the governments and parliaments of the countries. Moscow, Tehran and Baku underscore the importance of joint efforts to further intensify trade and economic ties and note the need to create favorable conditions for the development of mutual investment.

In addition, the parties stressed the importance of strengthening ties between representatives of commercial institutions and creating the necessary conditions for the activity of the chambers of commerce and industry and promoting the interests of the business community. "The parties confirm the importance of cooperation in the field of road, rail and air transport in order to modernize the transport infrastructure and develop the North-South international transport corridor." In this regard, the parties emphasize the need for the soonest implementation of the Resht-Astara railway line construction project," the statement says.

The leaders stressed the importance of further facilitating the visa regime for citizens of the three states.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is ready to supply gas to the north of Iran through the pipeline system of Azerbaijan. "I would like to draw your attention to the fact that despite the large production of these hydrocarbons in each of our countries [RF, Iran, Azerbaijan], there is, curiously enough, interest in the supply of this raw material to each other, having in mind internal logistics," the head of the Russian state told journalists after the Russian-Azerbaijani-Iranian talks.

The next summit of the leaders of the three states will be held in Moscow in 2018. -06D--

Aliyev and Rouhani Discuss Cooperation in Military Sphere

Baku / 01.11.17 / Turan: A wide range of Azerbaijani-Iranian relations and issues of regional life were discussed at the meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ilham Aliyev and Hasan Rouhani, in Tehran.

In particular, issues of cooperation in the military and military-technical spheres, prospects in this direction and regional issues were touched upon, and an exchange of views on the issues of combating terrorism and extremism was held. Aliyev and Rouhani noted the trilateral cooperation of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran has great potential.

The issues of economic cooperation were also touched upon. The parties noted with satisfaction that last year the trade turnover grew by 70 percent, and in the first nine months of this year it grew by 33 percent. During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on the cooperation in the fields of mutual investment, energy, oil and gas, and transport. The meeting underlined the successful implementation of the International North-South Transport Corridor (AzerTaj).

The meeting between Aliyev and Rouhani took place on the margins of the summit of the heads of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran in Tehran.-06D--

Putin Notes "Special Nature" of Russian-Azerbaijani Relations

Baku / 01.11.17 / Turan: Relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are "of a special nature," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Tehran on November 1. Both leaders agreed the relationship between the two countries is a "strategic partnership".

"We meet regularly and talk on the phone and are in constant contact. This is natural, because the relations between our countries are of a special nature. Undoubtedly, this is the nature of strategic partnership," AzerTaj quoted Putin as saying.

He noted with satisfaction that the growth of trade turnover for the first 9 months of this year amounted to almost 62 percent. "We work in other areas and we constantly consult on regional issues," Putin added.

Aliyev for his part noted that personal meetings of the heads of the two states give a new impetus to the development of relations. He noted the growth in turnover "after certain complex processes." "This suggests that there is a great mutual interest between business institutions, and the growth in trade turnover is also an indicator of the restoration of our economies and of mutual interest.

Our relations with Russia are of a strategic nature, and we characterize them. We cooperate in all areas - in the humanitarian sphere as well as in the economic, energy, transport and military-technical areas. Therefore, this is a full-fledged relationship of friends, neighbors and close partners," Aliyev continued.

The meeting between Aliyev and Putin took place on the margins of the summit of the heads of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran in Tehran. -06D-

Elmar Mammadyarov to Meet with OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs in Moscow on November 16

Baku / 16.11.17 / Turan: The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will meet with the Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Moscow on November 16. He announced this at today"s press conference after the end of talks with the Foreign Minister of Montenegro Srgjan Darmanovich.

According to Mammadyarov, a few days before this meeting, the Armenian President and Foreign Minister will be in Moscow.

As Mammadyarov noted, the mediators proposed to hold a ministerial meeting with the participation of the Co-chairs. However, there is no final agreement yet.

"At the moment, I am sure I will meet with the Co-chairs in Moscow," Mammadyarov said. -06D-

Second Escaped Prisoner Rendered Harmless

Baku / 02.11.17 / Turan: Last night during a special operation of law enforcement agencies, the prisoner Etibar Mammadov, who escaped during his transfer on October 23, was killed.

The Prosecutor General"s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs report that during the operation to detain Mammadov known by the nickname Goja, a shootout took place between him and law enforcement officers.

As a result of the shooting, Mammadov was killed, and Anar Askerov and Shahmar Bayalizadeh, who helped him escape, were wounded.

Mammadov was one of the two prisoners who escaped on October 23 during the transfer to Baku in a Baku-Astara-Baku special purpose car accompanied by a railway guard.

As a result of operational and investigative measures, Ali Agami, who escaped from the guard, was arrested on October 26 and Etibar Mammadov was hiding.

After the two prisoners escaped, 21 employees of the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice were brought to disciplinary responsibility, including 15 people expelled from the justice bodies, or dismissed from their offices. Four people, including the former commander of the escort battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel of Justice Bahruz Abdullayev, were arrested. --0---

Light Precipitation Possible

Baku / 02.11.17 / Turan: On November 3, the weather in Baku and Absheron will be cloudy with light precipitation and a northwesterly wind, which will change to the southern one in the afternoon.

The air temperature will be + 15 + 17 degrees in the daytime, weather forecasters said.

In the regions of the country, precipitation is not expected in the low-lying regions, where the air temperature will be + 15 + 19 Celsius by day. In the mountains, it will be up to +10 degrees by day and -2 at night. -02D-

Preliminary Investigation of Afgan Mukhtarli and Gezal Bayramli Cases Completed

Baku / 02.11.17 / Turan: The preliminary investigation into the cases of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarli and the deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Gezal Bayramli has been completed. This was announced to them in Baku Detention Center No. 1 on November 1, the lawyer of both accused Elchin Sadygov wrote on his Facebook page.

According to him, the case against Mukhtarli has been separated into a separate case from the case against Meydan TV. The lawyer recalled that both cases were combined in one proceeding at the beginning of the investigation against Mukhtarli. Now the accused together with the lawyers will get acquainted with the materials of the criminal case.

At the same time, the lawyer pointed to the worsening of Gezal Bayramli's health problems. "Currently, Gezal Bayramli suffers from acute pains in the stomach. She has been only examined by an ultrasound machine, but no treatment or medication is provided to her," the lawyer wrote. However, according to him, Mukhtarli and Bayramli keep cheerful.

According to the defense, Mukhtarli was abducted in Tbilisi on May 29 and secretly transferred to Azerbaijan, where a criminal case was initiated against him under Art. 315.2 (resistance to a representative of the government with the use of violence), 318.1 (illegal crossing of the state border) and 206.1 (smuggling) of the Criminal Code. Mukhtarli rejected the accusations. Amnesty International recognizes him as a "prisoner of conscience".

Bayramli was detained on May 25 on her return from Georgia. A criminal case under art. 206.1 (smuggling) was filed against her. Bayramli is recognized as a political prisoner by human rights organizations. -03C06--

Press Review 02.11.2017

The Tehran meeting of the Presidents of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, a look at deposit auctions, and unsystematic export are the leading topics of today"s press

The newspaper Azerbaijan writes about the meeting of the Presidents of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia in Tehran. The meeting in this format is a time-consuming task if we take into account the ongoing processes in the world and instability in the Middle East. The article highlights the cooperation of the three countries in the fields of energy, transport and others.

The newspaper Echo published an article entitled: Auctions to Support Manat Harmful to Azerbaijan"s Economy. At the last CBA deposit auction on October 30, the demand was 3.7 times higher than the supply. This suggests that Azerbaijani banks are eager to work with the Central Bank and do not want to deal with the population and entrepreneurs. Withdrawal of funds from the banking system will stop economic growth. The financial market is almost closed, and lending is suspended. A deposit auction is a double-edged sword. The volume of problem loans in banks is growing every month.

Azerbaijan"s GDP is also falling. Because of this, private banks do not want to give out loans. The safest way to save and increase capital is the CBA deposit auction. The risk of losing money is minimal, and the conditions are quite profitable, so banks gladly give their capital to the regulator.

The newspaper Novoye Vremya published an article on exports, the growth of which is detrimental to the economy. This leads to an increase in prices in the domestic market, the author believes.

There must be a clear program of action for the export of our goods. The government or any particular ministry is not able to develop such a strategy yet.