Azerbaijan controls developments around Azerbaijani scientist arrested in Iran: Azerbaijani official
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 11 / Trend U.Sadikhova /
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran controls the arrest of Azerbaijani scientist Rashid Aliyev, Deputy Foreign Minister Vagif Sadikhov told Trend today. The ministry takes all possible measures within the framework of diplomacy.
The Azerbaijani citizens' rights have always been respected and the government has always kept on focus protection of these rights, he added
According to Sadykhov, the Azerbaijani scientist is in normal health condition.
Aliyev, who is head engineer and physicist at the Biological Laboratory of the Institute for Physical Problems at Baku State University, worked for the Iranian Sazan Elektronics Industry company from 2006-2008.
The company's head repeatedly asked the scientist to move to Iran during their activities. However, Aliyev refused the proposal and returned to Azerbaijan. After numerous requests by company's Director Abbas Eftekhari, Aliyev returned to Iran for a short period Oct. 5. He was arrested on the following day for alleged visa problems.
"Aliyev's arrest has no relation to the contract signed between our firm and Baku State University," Eftekhari told Trend earlier. Meanwhile, Eftekhari believes that Aliyev was arrested for security issues."
The Azerbaijani Justice Ministry sent an inquiry to the Iranian government after his arrest.
Aliyev is being held at the Evin Jail's Fifth Building.
Aliyev suspended his scientific activity in the private sector when he voluntarily went to serve in the army at age 38. He installed special purpose communications systems until 1999 and later organized and conducted laser technology tests for the military.
Aliyev was also involved in overhauling the border patrol.
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