Criminal Proceeding of Azerbaijani Ex-Minister Appeal Held
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 March / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / Farhad Aliyev, ex-Economic Development Minister, accused of corruption, has demanded that consideration of the case be postponed until he passes his medical examination and completes treatment. The attorney Elton Guliyev made such a statement during the hearing in the Appeal Court of Baku.
F.Aliyev and his brother Rafik Aliyev, the former President of the Azpetrol Group of Companies are accused of committing corruption-related crimes. The rest of the group are charged for attempting a coup d'etat and staging mass disorder in the country. F.Aliyev and R.Aliyev were arrested on 19 October, 2005 charged with abusing power, bribery, illegal privatization of state properties and economic crimes.
The attorney said F.Aliyev his passed medical examination in the Penitentiary Service from 5 - 20 February, but no results have been revealed.
The ex-Minister said he was detained by political order and has been kept in prison for 2 years and 6 months without the court's decision. Aliyev stated that he required a qualified doctor.
Aliyev's' attorney stated that he lodged a petition to the Heinous Court to be re-considered due to injustice during the investigation held by the first instance court. The decision on the petition will be passed during the second half of the day.