Azerbaijani Court Rejects Appeal of Pro-Opposition Newspaper’s Journalist
Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 October/ Trend , corr K. Zarbaliyeva/ The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Agil Khalil, writer for Azadlig newspaper.
The appeal against sentence of Sergey Strekalin, who is charged with stabbing Agil Khalil with a knife, issued by the Appeal Court of Baku, was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Baku Appeal Court has decided to hold trial without investigation.
Elchin Sadigov, lawyer of Agil Khalil said the incident was not committed by Strekalin and asked to involve additional witnesses.
The writer for Azadlig Agil Khalil was stabbed with knife near the buildings located in 523 str Ayna Sultanova by unknown people on 13 March.
Khalilov 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.
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.
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