Azerbaijani Forensic Expertise Unable to Decide on Hitler’s Book

Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 September / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / The Forensic Expertise Centre of the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry could not make a decision on Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' book (My struggle), which was translated by Avaz Zeynalli, the editor-in-chief of Khural newspaper.

The editor-in-chief, who is charged with Article 283 (instigation of national, racial or religious hostility) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code, is accused of sympathy to Hitler and his Mein Kamp book, which was published in the Azerbaijani language.

The Court decided to hold complex political, psychological and linguistic expertise to determine whether there is sympathy sense to Hitler in the translation of the book and sent the case to the Expertise Centre.

During the hearings held at the Narimanov District Court in Baku on 17 September, it was reveled that the case, which was sent to expertise on 18 December in 2007, was returned back on 16 July in 2008. It was decided not to hold expertise due to lack of specialists at the Philosophy, Political and Legal Investigation Institute of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences and at the Nasimi Linguistics Institute.

During the process Zerynalli submitted application and asked to make a decision on sending the case to the expertise. The Court rejected his application.

The court decided to continue the process with interrogation of witnesses.

Semen Ikhiilov, the chairman of the mountainous Jewish community will participate in the process as a witness, the editor-in-chief of Khural newspaper said. However, if he does not appear in the court again, he can be brought to the court by force.

The process will last on 23 September.

Zeynalli translated and published Hitler's Mein Kampf book in the Azerbaijani language in November 2004. He was taken to the Central Criminality Enforcement Department of the Interior Ministry on 8 December in 2004 and a lawsuit was filed on him next day. The National Security Ministry annulled the case on 26 February in 2005. The lawsuit was resumed on 7 May in 2008.

Zeynalli gave a written undertaking to the Central Investigation Department of the National Security Ministry not to leave the country.

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