Chairman of the Anti-Torture Committee of Azerbaijan Inspects Ministry’s Isolation Cells
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend K.Zarbaliyeva / The Chairman of the Anti-Torture Committee of Azerbaijan, Elchin Behbudov, inspected the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan's isolation cells on 18 May. Behbudov said that he met with the former Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan, Farhad Aliyev, his brother, former President of the conglomerate Azpetrol, Rafig Aliyev, Editor-in-Chief of "Tolishi Sado" newspaper, Novruzali Mammadov, as well as Elkhan Sadigbeyly. The prisoners stressed the absence of their complaints of detention conditions and treatment by isolation guards.
The ex-Minister spoke of the pressure by the prosecutors and judges presiding over his court hearing. More than one detainee suffers from health problems, as Farhad Aliyev complained of heart pain and Mammadov is reported by Behbudov to suffer inflammation and high blood pressure.
The above-mentioned persons do not consider themselves guilty according to accusations brought against them.