Group of Persons Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Appeal to Azerbaijani Supreme Court
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / A group of prisoners of Gobustan closed prison, whose death penalty was changed to life imprisonment, appealed to the Azerbaijani Supreme Court. Alizadeh Huseynov, the chief of Gobustan prison, has stated that more than 50 prisoners submitted appeals.
In compliance with the information reported by the Supreme Court such complaints began submitted to the court from 2005. Some 87 Appeals have been considered separately. The Court has reported that in compliance with the legislation a collective appeal cannot be submitted to court.
Some 85 prisoners, whose death penalty was changed to life imprisonment, demand decrease of the term by 15 years in prison. The prisoners began hunger strike. After the latest acts, MP Ali Huseyinov met with the prisoners and recommended them to appeal to the Azerbaijani Supreme Court for consideration of cases separately. Ramiz Rzayev, the judge of the Supreme Court, has recommended to prisoners to appeal to the Supreme Court in his statement.
Some 85 prisoners serve their term in Gobustan closed prison, whose death penalty was changed by life imprisonment. After canceling the death penalty the number of prisoners reached 128.
The life imprisoned of Gobustan closed prison held hunger strike. The prisoners consider that after abolishing death penalty the term of their prison must be changed by gravest punishment of the Criminal Code by 15 years of imprisonment.
The resolution of the European Court on human rights due to Alikram Humbatov's lawsuit stated that change of death penalty with life imprisonment correspond to the European convention.