Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 11
The football player Javid Huseynov can be sentenced to a term of eight-twelve years for the death of journalist Rasim Aliyev, lawyer Tagi Huseynov told Trend August 11.
He said that before all the events preceding the death of the journalist, Huseynov had had a telephone conversation with him.
"Aliyev's mother said that Javid was insisting on a meeting with her son Elshan Ismayilov," said the lawyer.
He also said that if what the journalist's mother said is proved, Huseynov may be prosecuted.
"An investigation is underway," said the lawyer. "Of course, the decision is the law enforcement agencies'. But the data show that Huseynov himself arranged the meeting. It's suspicious that exactly one minute after the telephone conversation of the football player with Aliyev, where he asks the latter to meet with his cousin, Ismaylov called the journalist and asked about the meeting place. But the investigation will clarify it. As it was mentioned above, if all this is proved, Javid Huseynov can be prosecuted according to the Article 126.3 of the Criminal Code."
Tagi Huseynov, condemning any violence against journalists, said that if the investigation determines that the football player had sent a cousin simply to meet and talk with the journalist, then he can be exempted from criminal liability.
"Everything will become clear after the investigation and the interrogation," said the lawyer. "If during the questioning the testimony of Huseynov and Ismayilov match and it is proved that they have gone simply to talk with Aliyev, Huseynov can then be presumed innocent and therefore cannot be prosecuted."
Employee of Ann.az website Rasim Aliyev was beaten and as a result suffered multiple injuries on August 8. Rasim Aliyev has died in a clinical medical center on August 9. A criminal case was filed. An investigation is underway.
Earlier, the Azerbaijani President's Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov said that the President of Azerbaijan personally supervises the investigation and that the criminals will face the full force of the law.
Edited by CN