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At a refugee camp in the Netherlands, an Azerbaijani citizen facing deportation has committed suicide.

Fikrat Mahmudov had applied for asylum in the Netherlands after an unsuccessful attempt in Germany, and was living at a refugee camp in Leersum awaiting the decision.

“The Dutch government didn’t give [Mahmudov] asylum,” another Azerbaijani citizen at the same camp told Meydan TV. “Last night the police came to the camp to send him to Azerbaijan, but he didn’t want to go. He slashed his wrists with a razor he had.”

“We took him to the hospital at night, but we weren’t able to save his life,” said a third Azerbaijani citizen at the camp. “He died in the ambulance. His remains will be sent to Azerbaijan in the next few days.”

Fikrat Mahmudov is not the first Azerbaijani who has taken drastic measures not to return to his home country.

In January of this year, an Azerbaijani requesting asylum in Germany resisted the police as they tried to send him back to Azerbaijan. Taking a policeman’s gun, the man fired several times in the air and then took hostages while his wife stabbed herself with a knife.

In February, Kamala Imamaliyeva attempted suicide in the German city of Bamberg to avoid deportation to Azerbaijan.

In recent years, the number of citizens leaving Azerbaijan has been on the rise. Experts link this trend to economic and political conditions in the country.

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Shadowy killings of participants of Ganja Protests continues long after the events

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According to the information by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a resident of Ganja, Rahimov Muraz Chapay oglu, was killed during a special police operation. Police received a tip where the criminal was hiding.

According to officials, Rahimov ignored the repeated calls of the police to lay down his arms and surrender. Instead he opened fire on law enforcement officers. Police had to use service weapons, and during the response fire the offender was killed.

Rahimov is the 6th person killed during special police operations. So far 6 killed, 61 arrested and 12 declared wanted. Many criticize Government for using the Ganja events to go after the targeted religious groups. Some even speculate that the bloody protest was staged as a bait by the Government itself to go after the ones who would rise up against the regime.

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State agencies partnered with a drug trafficker

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The State Committee for Work with Religious Associations (SCWRA) has outsourced events promoting Islamic unity to a company headed by a man who has been imprisoned for using and selling drugs.

The most recent activity sponsored by SCWRA and carried out by the company in question was held on 12 June 2017. The seminar, held at the Heydar Aliyev Center, was titled “The Primary Directions of the Activities of Religious Communities in the Promotion of Islamic Unity.” The Sirabad Regional Executive Authority also cooperated on the seminar.

The company that organized the event was Qen Tex Servis, which was founded in September 2015, and is registered at 23A Ahmad Rajabli St. in Baku. Its director is Sumgayit resident Jabir Gayibov, 45. In April 2017, Qen Tex Servis had won a tender for 115,000 AZN ($67,600) from the SCWRA for organizing such seminars.

But on 16 June 2017, four days after the event at the Heydar Aliyev Center, Gayibov was sentenced to 11 years in prison by the Baku Grave Crimes Court.

On 11 January 2018, at SWRA’s annual reporting meeting, the head of the SCWRA, Aliheydar Zulfugarov, announced that 27 seminars and conferences had been held in 2017 on the topic of “the primary directions of religious association’s activities promoting Islamic unity.”

The 2017 conferences organized by Qen Tex were preceded by an earlier contract for 134,000 AZN ($78,800) in 2016, under which Qen Tex Services also organized seminars for SCWRA.

The SCWRA is not alone. In 2016, the Police Academy under the Ministry of Internal Affairs paid the same organization 84,000 AZN (about $49,380) for books, textbooks, journals and other publications for its library, and another 50,000 AZN ($29,390) to organize cultural events on the topic of “cultural connections with foreign countries and receiving foreign guests,” according to the state registry of tenders.

SCWRA’s administration did not respond to requests for information on its relationship with Qen Tex, what it was contracted to do, and whether or not the committee continued to work with Qen Tex after its director went to prison on drug charges.

The Police Academy’s administration also failed to respond to questions about is relationship with Qen Tex Servis.

A person who refused to reveal his name called and introduced himself as the director of Qen Tex Servis, proposing a “chat over tea.” Yet the state registry of commercial entities still lists the imprisoned Jabir Gayibov as the director of Qen Tex Servis.


Other companies tied to Gayibov

At least two other companies are registered at Qen Tex Servis’s Baku address: Marsan and Marsan Services. They performed various services for the SCWRA as well as other state agencies in the period 2015-2018. To hold events for the SCWRA alone, Marsan and Marsan Services received 71,000 AZN ($41,700).

And Gayibov is connected to other companies as well. According to the Tax Ministry’s database, he is director of three more companies: Kontakt Servis PP, Smart Poliqraf (VÖEN 1201423051)and Cardinal Servis. The latter is registered at Gayibov’s home address in Sumgayit – 51st region,. There is no openly available information about the activities of any of these companies, which were founded almost simultaneously with Qen Tex Servis.

The director of Marsan, Ilahim Mehraliyev, also runs a company with the same name as one of Gayibov’s companies, Smart Poliqraf (VÖEN 2903444981).

Mehraliyev’s companies have a tax debt of 13,000 AZN ($7,640), for which Mehraliyev was placed under a travel ban in 2016.


Who is Jabir Gayibov?

Gayibov, 45, has been in prison for over a year. His latest drug troubles began on 10 March 2017, when the narcotics division of the Sumgayit police force found 2.045 kg of heroin and 3.17 kg of marijuana allegedly belonging to Gayibov in the courtyard of his apartment building. On that day, Gayibov was detained carrying a “black plastic bag with 0.965 g of heroin.”

A representative of Qen Tex Servis signed the contract with SCWRA for the Islamic unity events on 14 April 2017, after Gayibov was arrested on the drug charges. The identity of the person who signed the contract on behalf of Qen Tex could not be ascertained.

Gayibov had his sentence shortened on appeal from 11 years to 10. The Sumgayit Appellate Court’s decision states that “from the moment he was arrested, he was subjected to moral and physical torture and he was forced to give testimony in a way that corresponded with the personal interests of the interrogator and the detective.” The appellate court ruled that the Baku Grave Crimes Court’s sentence was unjust and relatively harsh.

The entrance to Gayibov's home in Sumgayit
The entrance to Gayibov’s home in Sumgayit.

Gayibov lived with his family in Sumgayit. The door to his apartment was opened by Firangiz, the wife of Jabir’s brother Elkhan. Firangiz, who has lived in the house for nine years, said that she knew Jabir was addicted to drugs.

“He’s been in prison for drugs before, and he has been treated for it. I’m hearing from you for the first time that there were companies in his name,’ she said.

Gayibov’s sister-in-law further said that Jabir Gayibov has a middle school education and is skilled as a tiler. She said the family knew nothing about the companies and did not see him show any profit from them..

“I don’t know, maybe he had friends who opened companies in his name, but he never said a word about it to us. His mother and brother are sick, and we don’t have any high-placed, well-off relatives who might have a company,” Firangiz said.

A young man collecting scrap metal near Gayibov’s home named Samir said Jabir Gayibov was quiet and did not speak to neighbors.

Last year a court ordered mandatory drug treatment for Gayibov, but his family does not know whether he received the treatment.

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UPDATE: 5 June 2018, 7:00 pm, Baku

According to his lawyer, Emin Aslanov has been sentenced to 30 days detention for failing to obey a police officer’s orders.

UPDATE: 5 June 2018, 5:00 pm, Baku

Emin Aslanov is being held at the Office for Combating Organized Crime, his lawyer Elchin Sadigov has been told. Sadigov has not been allowed to meet with his client.

Earlier, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova identified the car in which Aslanov was abducted as belonging to Mehman Teymurov, an officer with the same anti-organized-crime unit.

About 130 human rights defenders, journalists, and bloggers have signed an appeal in Aslanov’s defense.

“We know Emin Aslanov as a professional lawyer and one of the most dignified young persons in this country,” the appeal reads. “We can say with utter confidence that he has not committed any crime. This arrest is politically motivated because of his professional and public activities.”


Friends and relatives have been unable to ascertain lawyer Emin Aslanov’s whereabouts after he was detained by three unidentified people in civilian clothes.

At 5:00 pm in Baku on 4 June, Emin Aslanov was detained by three unidentified people in civilian clothes in front of the Park Bulvar mall on the Caspian shore. The three people put Aslanov in a Mercedes with license plate number 90 XG 017 and drove off.

About 30 minutes later, friends and family reported the incident to the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ 102 hotline, but according to Anar Mammadli, chairman of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, they have been unable to ascertain Aslanov’s whereabouts.

“There has been no response to our call to the 102 hotline over two hours ago,” Mammadli told Meydan TV last night. “We have learned that police station #39 is investigating the matter. Then we visited police stations # 9 and #22, the Baku City Police Department, and the Office for Combating Organized Crime. Unfortunately, despite our efforts, we haven’t gotten any information as to where he was taken or kidnapped. Emin Aslanov’s fiancee has already filed a petition at police station #39 in the Sabail district.”

After receiving his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in the US, Aslanov returned to Azerbaijan four days ago. He has worked as a lawyer for a number of organizations, including preparing complaints to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights.

Aslanov’s relatives have retained the services of human rights lawyer Elchin Sadigov.

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