Senior police lieutenant arrested due to incident in Azerbaijan’s Mingachevir
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 24
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Shahlar Shahlarzadeh, senior lieutenant, the former criminal investigation operative at the police department of Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir, is being charged under the articles 125 (incitement to suicide) and 308.2 (abuse of power leading to grave consequences) of the Criminal Code, a reliable source told Trend August 24.
Azerbaijani Interior Ministry earlier said that on Aug. 20, Bahruz Hajiyev, suspected of selling and using drugs, died after throwing himself out of the Mingachevir police department's window.
As the source told Trend, under a court decision, an arrest for a period of four months was chosen as a measure of restraint against Senior Lieutenant Shahlarzadeh.
The Department for Investigation of Heinous Crimes, operating under Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office, is conducting an investigation on the criminal case, according to the source.
Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry earlier told Trend that Senior Lieutenant Shahlarzadeh violated the instructions on the confinement and guarding of persons suspected of a crime, and the failure to provide security for Bahruz Hajiyev and the loss of vigilance have led to grave consequences.
After an internal investigation, Shahlarzadeh was removed from service in internal affairs authorities in line with an order of the minister of interior of Azerbaijan.
Apart from that, the head of the Mingachevir city police department, Colonel Alaskar Badalov was severely reprimanded for failure to organize a corresponding confinement of suspects and for weak control over his subordinates.
This information was also confirmed by the head of the press service of Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office, Eldar Sultanov.
The investigation on the matter is under the personal supervision of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry said that no signs of violence were detected on Hajiyev's corpse by a forensic expert examination conducted with participation of the deceased's relatives.
On August 22, after the funeral for Hajiyev, a group of the city's residents violated the public order, didn't obey the lawful demands of the police, committed hooliganism, and tried to hold a march in the city's center.
Four officers of the internal affairs authorities suffered injuries of varying severity while carrying out their service duties to stop these illegal acts.
A vehicle of the Mingachevir Police Station was damaged as well.
Some 21 people, who violated the public order, were arrested.
Edited by SI