Some materials on criminal case filed due to 20 January tragedy not returned by Russia's law enforcement agencies: Azerbaijan's Prosecution General

Some materials on criminal case filed due to 20 January tragedy not returned by Russia's law enforcement agencies: Azerbaijan's Prosecution General

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /

Some materials on the criminal case filed due to the 20 January tragedy, has not been returned by Russia's law enforcement agencies.

"The materials of the criminal case consisting of 68 volumes were taken to Moscow because the criminal case was filed by the USSR Office of Prosecutor General. The requests for the return of these materials to the Office of Prosecutor General of the Azerbaijan Republic and the necessary documents specified by the law for the detention and transfer the accused people under investigation have already been submitted to Russia's law enforcement bodies. But a positive response has not been given to these requests, " the Office of Prosecutor General spokesperson Eldar Sultanov told Trend on Monday.

The preliminary investigation related to the 20 January tragedy, was held by the General Prosecutor of the USSR. A decision dated Dec. 20, 1990 was made to suspend the execution of the criminal case due to the conclusion that there was no corpus delicti in the actions of the military.

The decision on cessation was liquidated by Azerbaijan's Office of Prosecutor General on Feb. 14, 1992. A criminal case was filed under the following articles of the Criminal Code, including 149 (intentional destruction or damage of property), 168 (abuse of power or official authority), 255 (abuse of power and authority) and items 4 and 6 of Article 94 (premeditated murder with aggravating circumstances). The investigation is underway.

The investigation revealed that 132 people were killed, 612 - injured, 841 - illegally arrested as a result of committed crimes.  Hundreds of buildings were destroyed, causing damage to the state and citizens in large quantities.

In 1994 a decision was made to prosecute the former first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan Abdurahman Vezirov, chairman of the Council of Ministers Ayaz Mutallibov and others. A preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen towards them due to the fact that they run away, hiding from the investigation. They were wanted.

As former chairman of the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan, Elmira Gafarova, and the second secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan Victor Polyanichko, found guilty of the crime, died, the criminal case against them was ceased.

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