Azerbaijani opposition party denied permission to rally in front of Russian embassy

Azerbaijan Materials 29 June 2009 15:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 29 / Trend , J. Babayeva/

Azerbaijan's opposition Adalat (Justice) party was denied permission to rally in front of the Russian embassy on July 2.

The Baku Administrative Body said in response to the party's letter that it considers the protest action to be inappropriate, Adalat party spokesperson Mutallim Rahimli said.  

"The administrative body recommended the party to appeal to relevant state bodies for fair trial for party's deputy chairman Etimad Ismayilov," Rahimli said.

Etimad Ismayilov, son of Azerbaijani MP Ilyas Ismayilova, was arrested on March 26, 2008 by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia at Domodedovo airport when he returned from Baku to Moscow. Ismayilov is with charged fraud (article 159.4) and money laundering (article 274.1)

Adalat party planned to stage a protest action in front of the Russian embassy in Azerbaijan to demand fair trial for Ismayilov.

The party considers administrative body's refusal to be illegal, he said. "The party has appealed to the state bodies on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, there have not been any results," he said.

The party plans to appeal to the Baku Administrative Body again to receive permission to rally in front of the embassy, Rahimli said. "The date of the next protest action will be set tomorrow," he said.

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