Court of Heinous Crimes sentences Azerbaijani journalist (UPDATE)

Society Materials 28 December 2015 17:29 (UTC +04:00)

details added (first version posted at 17:23)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 28


Baku's Court of Heinous Crimes has sentenced Rauf Mirkadyrov, the employee of Zerkalo (Mirror) newspaper to the six-year-imprisonment in a strict security penal colony.

At the previous trial, the public prosecutor called for the seven year-imprisonment.
However, proceeding from the article of the Criminal Code, envisaging a more lenient punishment, the prosecutor called for commuting the sentence.

The investigation was held by the National Security Ministry.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's office said earlier that Mirkadyrov was arrested in Turkey on April 19, 2014. Afterwards, he was deported to Azerbaijan. Mirkadyrov has been suspected of collaborating with the Armenian special services since April 2008, holding several meetings in Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.

He was also spreading the information about the political and military situation, including state secrets, along with photos and schemes for using against Azerbaijan.