Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office Consider Legal Broadcasting Information re Investigation Procedures on Stabbed Journalist

Society Materials 10 April 2008 15:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 April / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / The Prosecutor General's Office, being a preliminary investigation body, will inform the public of the course of its investigation. The statement was made by Vugar Aliyev, head of Prosecutor General's Office, in response to the negative statements made by Miklos Haraszti, OSCE representative on Freedom of Speech in connection with the interview broadcast on television about the stabbed journalist on 7 April.

On 13 March, at 8.00pm Agil Khalil, a journalist of the Azadlig newspaper, was stabbed in the chest by unknown assailants. He was immediately taken to the Clinical Medical Centre where he was operated on.

During the press-conference on 9 April, Haraszti stated that Prosecutor-General Zakir Garallov confirmed that details of the case were broadcast to the channels at his order.

The OSCE representative considers that spreading the information was aimed at hiding the facts of the case. Haraszti called for the law enforcement to stop such fiction against journalist-critics.

Aliyev stated that nobody should understand broadcasting of the materials as order. There is an item about information of community about course of investigation in the criminal-procedural legislation and precedents of European Court for Human rights.

"The Prosecutor General's Office will not provide information about the investigation at this stage. We had to inform the public of the investigation as a result of the press-conference held by Khalil and Azar Ahmadov, director of Azadlig newspaper," Aliyev noted.

According to Aliyev, Khalil and the investigators knew motive of the assault and attempted to conceal them blaming Khalil with prejudice.

Khalil has appealed to Zakir Garallov, Prosecutor, against the actions of Ali Guliyev, investigator of the Investigation Department on heinous crimes. The attorney Elchin Sadigov spoke about the violation of his rights on freedom of right and immunity, illegalactions during the trial, as well as demands that the employee of the Department should pay for moral damage.

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