Criminal Proceedings on Appeal of Azerbaijani Opposition Party’s Chair Again Postponed
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 January / Тrend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / The criminal proceedings of the appeal by the chairman of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan Party (PFAP) Ali Karimli, requested for a passport to issued was again postponed.
The Nasimi District Prosecutor's Office in Baku took a time to study the files and the trial was postponed to 15 February, Karimli's attorney Elchin Gambarov said to Trend on 25 January.
In 2006, Karimli applied for a new passport to the Passport Registration Department at the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry. He was informed that a criminal case which had been filed against him at the Nasimi District Prosecutor's Office in 1994 regarding the illegal holding of arms had not been closed and therefore he was unable to receive a passport.
According to Gambarov, the trial was deliberately postponed and the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan is preventing Karimli from applying to the European Court on Human Rights.
According to the legislation, a criminal case should be closed within 5 years, but it this case has been open for 12 years already. In his appeal to the Nasimi District Court, Karimli has tried to get the case closed but the Court did not agree to the appeal, the attorney said.
The appeal for the verdict of the Nasimi District Court was also not allowed.
Hasan Karimov, the deputy chair of the party, stated that all this is politically motivated. "This way the authorities can impede Karimli's political activities on the threshold of the presidential elections of 2008," the deputy chair said.