Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / The Head of the National Assembly of Georgian Azerbaijanis, Dashgin Gulmammadov, was detained by the Counter-Espionage Department of Georgia, and accused of attempting to overthrow the government, reported Zumrud Gurbanov, the Head of 'Geyrat' Popular Movement, to Trend by telephone from Tbilisi on 28 November.
Gulmammadov was first detained on 27 November while crossing the Georgian-Azerbaijani border, his relatives said. According to them, he was forcibly taken into a car and driven to an unknown location.
"According to my sources, it appears as though Gulmammadov has already been proven guilty," Gurbanov said. Yet there has been a failure to receive information from law-enforcement bodies in Georgia either confirming or refuting Gulmammadov's arrest.
Gulmammadov was elected as the head of the election campaign for Fazil Aliyev, an Azerbaijani candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in Georgia.
Gulmammadov said in an interview with Azerbaijan's mass media last week that he did not rule out the possibility of harassment by the Department of the Constitutional Security and Counter-Espionage Department of Georgia, in response to his activity as head of the election campaign for an Azerbaijani candidate.
"Georgian criminals in power are trying to shut down the pre-election campaign of Aliyev's team," he said.