Court Won’t Permit Treatment of Azerbaijani Ex-Health Minister

Society Materials 27 September 2007 18:14 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. К.Zarbaliyeva / The Nasimi District Court of Baku denied the Azerbaijani ex-Health Minister permission to be transferred to the hospital. The decision was regardless of the ex-Minister's attorney's petition raised in the lawsuit of former Minister Ali Insanov against the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry and leadership of the Penal Service.

The next court hearing will be held on 1 October.

Insanov contends that he endured torture at the hand of Fikrat Mammadov, the Azerbaijani Justice Minister, and leadership of the Penal Service, because of inflammatory statements the former Minister made against Jamil Aliyev, a close relative of the Juctice Minister. Insanov said that he had been kept in Bayil investigation cell for more than forty days. The ex-Minister is not satisfied with prison conditions.

Insanov met with the chairman of the Anti-Torture Committee. Behbudov said Insanov would be transferred from the Investigation cell to the prison. However, Insanov refused state services. Insanov said that somebody wants to kill him by using radiation, Behbudov said.

Insanov was detained in October 2005. He was accused of attempting a coup d'etat and causing mass riots. By the decision made by the Azerbaijani Court on Heinous Crimes dated 20 April 2007, Ali Insanov was found guilty in the appropriation of property and abuse of power and sentenced to eleven years imprisonment. Presently he is held in the Bayil Isolation Cell 1 of the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan. He demands he be transferred to the Patient Care Institution of the Penitentiary Service. His medical examinations have shown that he suffers from a vertebral hernia.