Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
A preventive measure in the form of arrest for three months against Leyla Yunusova must be seen as a procedure that meets the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code. This is necessary for investigation, Azerbaijani Deputy Speaker Bahar Muradova told Trend on July 31.
Leyla Yunusova's position directed against the national interests of Azerbaijan, has always been evident," she added. "Everybody knows about this in Azerbaijan."
"Those who engage in suspicious activity directed against the national interests of Azerbaijan must be held accountable before the law," she said. "Therefore, I normally treat the arrest of Leyla Yunusova."
Muradova added that those who want to make a sensation out of this try to use this issue for their own political interests.
"I understand the concern of heads of political parties, mistakenly defending Leyla Yunusova and some individuals who were with her in one team once," she said. "Apparently, they believe that the investigation can affect them. Their concern is connected with this."
Leyla Yunusova was accused under articles 274, 178.3.2, 192.2.2, 213.2.2, 320.1 and 320.2, Arif Yunusov - under Articles 274 and 178.3.2 of the Criminal Code, according to the report.
Taking into account the fact that Leyla Yunusova tried to leave the country, not to testify without a valid reason and illegally pressured Matanat Azizova and others questioned as witnesses in the case, a preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen for Leyla Yunusova upon a decision of the Nasimi district court. Taking into account Arif Yunusov's health, a preventive measure in the form of law enforcement surveillance was chosen for him.
In a joint statement of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Ministry of National Security, defendants Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov's rights for legal aid, lawyer's services, envisaged by the criminal procedural legislation were ensured.
A criminal procedure law was not violated during the investigation, the report underlines.
The investigation is underway. All actions of Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov will be legally assessed. The public will be informed about the results of the investigation.