Azerbaijani MPs Demand to Investigate in Army

Politics Materials 28 October 2008 15:31 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 October / Trend , corr. I.Alizade / Azerbaijani MPs demand to investigate the situation in army.

"The problems between soldiers and officers should be investigated in army," MP Gular Ahmadova from the governing New Azerbaijan party (NAP), said.

A video tape showing soldiers in the military unit being beaten was posted on internet on 4October. The video was taped in the military unit of the Interior Ministry located in Hajigabul city.

The press service of the Interior Forces confirmed that officers Vugar Agayev and Eldaniz Rahimov have been arrested for beating soldiers.

A suit has been filed over the fact. The chief of the military unit and deputy chief have been dismissed.

Later on 21 October, a video tape showing soldiers in the military hospital being beaten by a "dembel" (a soldier who is going to complete his military service) was posted on internet. It was videotaped in the Alat military hospital of the Defense Ministry in February. Military Prosecutor's Office said a suit has been filed on the Article 332 (violating mutual relations between military servants and regulations).

Azerbaijani Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova says public control is needed to prevent torture and dedovshchina related cases in the army.  Public should exercise control over military units and jails, Ombusdman Elmira Suleymanova said to Trend .

According to Ahmadova, the measures should be taken to improve the psychological state in army.

"This issue must be considered. The format of investigation of the situation must be defined. I believe that the Cabinet of Ministers should make decision on the issue," Ahmadova said.

MP Aynur Jamalgizi said that the press service of the Defense Ministry showed carelessness to related situation in army.

"Recently, the Azerbaijani soldier was captured by the Armenian Armed Forces. The press service of the Defense Ministry said that it get the information from press. The capture wrote a letter. Later it was cleared that the soldier did not the alphabet at all and the letter was written by a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This fact demonstrates the education rate of our country. Parliament must voice its attitude to the related case," Jamalgizi said.

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