Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K. Zarbaliyeva / The court trial of the detained ex-officer of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Internal Ministry of Azerbaijan, Haji Mammadov, and members of his gang were held in the Appeals Court of Azerbaijan on 19 October.
Haji Mamadov and twenty-two other members of the gang attended the court trial held in the Appeals Court on 19 October.
The Court ruled that Mammadov's property was to be seized and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Members of the gang Farhad Mammadbayov (with confiscation of property), Eldar Rahimov (with confiscation of property), Malik Mammadov (with confiscation of property), Huseyin Abdulvahabov (with confiscation of property), Zakir Nasirov (with confiscation of property), Kamil Sadraddinov (with confiscation of property), Musa Dabuyev, Aslanbay Chintamirov, and Yagir Mammadov were all sentenced to life imprisonment. The other defendants Nizami Abdullayev (with confiscation of property), Sidak Abdulvahabov, and Rovshan Agayev were sentenced to fifteen years, Naila Guliyeva (with confiscation of property) to thirteen years, Adalat Asadullayev and Novruz Nuriyev were both sentenced to twelve years, Aligulu Guliyev and Nishad Ismayilov were sentenced to ten years, Faik Guliyev and Elchin Aliyev (with confiscation of property) to nine years, and finally Mehman Hasanov, Fariz Gamidov, and Elshan Mirzayev were each sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
Agil Huseynov and Azar Aliyev were given a two year suspended sentence. The criminal case against Ibrahim Bagirov concerning a fine for state damage was suspended.
Farhad Mammadbayov's attorney, Vagif Niftullayev, said that the verdict passed against his client was too harsh. Most accusations against Mammadbayov have not yet been proven. The attorney asked the judge to consider the fact that Mammadbayov only hid the crimes of willful homicides and abductions but was not actually responsible for them.
Mammadbayov testified that he was Mammadov's driver. "I knew of some crimes committed by Mammadov but not all," he said. Mamadbayov said was involved in the assassination of Azar Ismaylov, the head of the Central Anti-Drugs Department at the Interior Ministry of Azerbaijan only through taking Haji Mammadov to an NZS settlement, where his boss entered a house which belonged to another member of the gang, Naila Guliyeva.
He said he was involved in the abduction of Zeynalabdina Babayev and Oktay Babayev only through looking after the house they were kept in. Haji Mammadov paid him $10,000 for his participation in the crimes.
Another member of the gang, Fariz Mammadov, said he did not known Haji Mammadov. Aslanbay Chintamirov, another member of the gang introduced Fariz Mammadov to Huseyn Abdullvahabov. Fariz Mammadov, however swears that he suspended any friendly relations with Abdullvahabov after discovering Mammadov's criminal life.
Saray Aligulu Guliyev, who was detained for the participation in the abduction of the head of the Central Anti-Drugs Department, Azar Ismaylov, said he was acquainted with Haji Mammadov when he worked as the Deputy Chief at the Absheron Police Station. H. Mammadov asked me to organize a meeting with Azar Ismaylov. After Ismaylov entered the Mammadov's country house I left them alone. The next day Haji Mammadov said he killed Ismaylov, Guliyev said.