Court Passes Jail Sentence upon Man Stabbing Oppositional Journalist of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 July/ Trend , corr K. Zarbaliyeva/ The court brought in verdict upon the man charged with stabbing Agil Khalil, the journalist of Azadlig daily.
Sergey Strekalin, charged with stabbing Khalil, was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in jail in a court sitting held in Nasimi District Court of Baku on 15 July.
The writer for Azadlig daily Agil Khalil was stabbed with knife near the buildings located in 523 str Ayna Sultanova by unknown people on 13 March.
Khalil said that he was stabbed because of the incident that took place in Zeytun Bagi and his journalistic activity and he added that he was followed by two men.
The Attorney General's Office said that the journalist was stabbed by the homosexuals, that is, by Sergey Strekalin, with whom he had sexual relations earlier.
Strekalin was arrested with charges of inflicting injury to health deliberately (127.1) and storing drugs illegally (234.1) in line with the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
The criminal case filed over beating journalist in Zeytun Bagi has been closed.
The lawyer of Agil Khalil demanded justification for Strekalin saying that he is not guilty for stabbing Agil Khalil.
Khalil said the verdict is unfair and that he was not stabbed by Strekalin,
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