Deputy Interior Minister of Azerbaijan Considers Court Decision Resuming Activity of Abu Bakr Mosque Unlawful
"I do not consider accurate the decision of Narimanov District Court to resume the activity of Abu Bakr Mosque," Vilayat Eyvazov, Deputy Interior Minister of Azerbaijan, briefed the media on 31 October.
Narimanov District Court of Baku has decided to resume activity of Abu Bakr Mosque on 27 October.
Narimanov District Police Station appealed against the court decision resuming the activity of Abu Bakr Mosque, arguing that they have information that sabotages will be committed at Abu Bakr Mosque.
The appeal asks to cancel the court decision resuming activity of mosque in order to ensure security and pubic order.
The blast caused by the hand grenade thrown to Abu Bakr mosque by unknown man at 08:50p.m. on 17 August 2008, killed two and injured 19. The activities of the mosque were suspended after the blast. Elnur Bakhshiyev, of Sumgayit city, charged of committing an act of terrorism in the mosque, has been arrested.
The Narimanov District Court of Baku will re-consider a case to resume activity of Abu Bakr Mosque. The Narimanov District Court has made a decision to re-consider a case to resume activity of Abu Bakr Mosque at the hearings under judge Asif Allahverdiyev's chairmanship on 31 October.
The Narimanov Police Department appealed to the court and stated that the hearings took place without their participation. They asked the court to re-consider the issue on resumption of mosque's activity with their participation. The next court process will take place on 12 November.
Eyvazov said that still the investigation on blast at the mosque continues. The final decision of the court will make it clear whether to resume activity of mosque.
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