New Azerbaijan Party: Words of Ex-Health Minister Concerning His Funding YAP Not Anything But Slander and Political Blackmail

Politics Materials 17 February 2007 12:17 (UTC +04:00)

The ruling party - New Azerbaijan (YAP) has stated that the words sounded by the Azerbaijani Ex-Health Minister, Ali Insanov during the judicial sitting in the Azerbaijan Court for Serious Crimes did not correspond with the reality. Notably, the former Health Minister and some other Azerbaijani top officials were arrested for exceeding his commissions, bribe taking, appropriation and embezzlement of state property. The ruling party evaluates it as an attempt of the foreign Minister to put off the grave crimes he committed and attach a political slant, Trend reports quoting a statement of the Press-Service of YAP on February 16.

The statement says that the New Azerbaijan Party every year present a report on its funding to the publicity, particularly by providing the information about sources of this financing and ensuring transparency in this issue. YAP's funds are formed by the membership and participation fees only. None of the members of the ruling party, including the former Health Minister have taken part in financing the Party in anyway but the membership fees. The words sounded by him in the court are not anything but slander and political blackmail, the statement says.

The Press-Service also says that the words of Mr. Insanov sounded in the court that he had been arrested, being a member of the Board of the New Azerbaijan Party, for his sounding criticism during meetings of the Board do not correspond with the reality as well. Thus, Mr. Insanov had always spoken about the stability, dynamic development, social situation in the country, particularly about the state's care for its refugees and IDPs, etc during the meetings of the Board..

Being arrested for attempting to perform coup d'etat, appropriation and embezzlement of the state property, exceeding his commissions and responsibilities, and other serious crimes, the former member of the Board of YAP sounded a number of accusations addressing to the ruling party during the judicial sitting. Particularly, Mr. Insanov claimed that he had transferred million of USD of financial aid to YAP, and had been arrested just for his lambasting the policy carried out during the meetings of the Board of the ruling party.

Notably, YAP was founded in Nakhchivan on 1992. The All-Nation Leader, late Ex-President Heydar Aliyev was the first Chairman of the Party. President Ilham Aliyev is the present Chairman of the Party, which has been the ruling one for 14 years.