Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 8
By Samir Ali - Trend:
Natig Karimov, chairman of the Council of Elders of Baku's Nardaran township, who was arrested on charges of high treason, is being kept in an isolation ward in the Azerbaijani State Security Service, the detainee's lawyer Eyyub Alakbarov told Trend Jan. 8.
He said it is so far unknown when Karimov will be transferred to the Baku isolation ward.
On Jan. 7, the Sabail District Court in Baku chose a preventive measure of a four-month arrest against Karimov.
"Karimov said in court that he didn't consider himself guilty," added Alakbarov.
Azerbaijan's State Security Service earlier said investigative actions revealed that Karimov, a resident of Baku's Nardaran township, secretly cooperated with foreign intelligence services.
Karimov has been carrying out their orders for a long time. He has been involved in espionage for foreign countries to the detriment of Azerbaijan's state security.
In this regard, he was detained as a suspect under the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan and was held criminally liable Jan. 7 as an accused person. A preventive measure of arrest was chosen against him upon a court verdict.
On Nov. 26, five members of a criminal group, operating under the guise of religion, were killed during a police operation in the township of Nardaran, some 25 km northeast of Baku. Two police officers were also killed in the standoff.
Fourteen members of the criminal group were arrested along with the group's ringleader Taleh Baghirov.