Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
By Samir Ali - Trend:
Cassation appeal of journalist in custody, Khadija Ismayilova, against the decision by the Baku Court of Appeal will be considered May 25 in Azerbaijan, the journalist's lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev told Trend.
The Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Khadija Ismayilova to 7.5 years in prison on Sept. 1.
Ismayilova was charged under the articles 179.3.2 (large-scale misappropriation and embezzlement), 192.2.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.1 (tax evasion) and 308.2 (abuse of official duties) under the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
An appeal was made against the verdict, but the Baku Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the first instance court. Ismayilova's lawyers filed a cassation appeal against this decision.
In her cassation appeal Ismayilova asks to be released from prison, Mehdiyev said.
The cassation appeal by Ismayilova will be considered by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan (chaired by Judge Ali Sayfaliyev).