Azerbaijani Opposition Party Removed from its Headquarters

Politics Materials 27 September 2008 11:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 September / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The opposition Open Society Party (OSP) was removed from headquarters, where it was accommodated.

"We carried properties of the party to one of functionaries' house and at present we have started up our activity there," Yagub Abbasov, the deputy chairman of the OSP, told Trend .

The OSP headquarters was located in Kichik Gala Street 128, Icheri Sheher. The headquarters belongs to Idris Guliyev, brother-in-low of the former parliamentary speaker and leader of the OSP Rasul Guliyev. A dispute aroused between the ex-speaker and his brother-in-low. Therefore, I.Guliyev demanded the OSP's eviction from his property. Deadline of one-year contract, which was inked between the owner and the OSP leadership, expired on 8 May.

The owner of the property appealed to the Sabail District Court with demand to set free the headquarters. The OSP lodged a complaint at the Baku Court of Appeal on this decision. However, the court kept in power the decision connected with vacation of the headquarters.

According to Abbasov, at present they are looking for places for new headquarters and they have preliminarily examined some offices: "We will rent new headquarters within next few days. There are some problems, which we are trying to solve. However, it is impossible for us to remain without headquarters for a long time. Therefore, we need it to continue the OSP's activity."

Some people are glad to achieve their dirty, own ambitions and material interests, as well as our removal from headquarters, he said. "I do not want to cite concrete names. They convinced the owner that he should remove the OSP from headquarters."

Abbasov said that unless these people create conditions to supply the OSP with headquarters, he would name them. At the same time, the OSP intends to appeal to the law enforcement bodies on the  crime committed by these people: "We will reveal the crimes, where they participated."

Right-wing Open Society Party was founded in April 2007. Party's leaders former MP Rasul Guliyev, is an emigrant to the United States. The Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies filed a lawsuit on Guliyev and announced the ex-speaker in search through Interpol. He is charged of appropriation of state property, misuse of his powers and exceeding official authority. Guliyev dines the accusations. Guliyev was the chairman of the Azerbaijani Democratic Party till February 2007, whilst his supporters left the ADP and established their Open Society Party.

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