European Court Takes Decision on Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / The European Court on Human Rights fined Azerbaijan at €14,000 due to the appeal of Alikram Humbatov, who was accused of parricide (motherland treason) and was sentenced to life imprisonment, the European Court reported.
In 1993, Humbatov established separatist Talish-Mugan Republic in Azerbaijani Lankaran region and was arrested the same year. Later he was sentenced to life-imprisonment term, but in 2005, he was pardoned by the President.
Deprived of Azerbaijani citizenship, Humbatov lives in Holland. The European Court decided the items 3 (ban on tortures), 13 (right for legal defence), 6 (right for just trial) of the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Essential Freedoms were violated for Humbatov.
By the decision of the Court, Azerbaijan must pay €12,000 to Humbatov for moral damage and €2,090 for additional expenses.
In his appeal Humbatov says that replacement of death sentence for life imprisonment for him was a breach of the European Convention. But the European Court decided the decision corresponded with the Convention.
The Court paid attention to a range of points. It noted that life imprisonment in any case is better than death sentence and it cannot be regarded as a hard punishment. The decision on Hubatov's case was the 9th one taken on Azerbaijan by the European Court.