The preliminary investigation into case of the assistant to the chairman of the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party and financial director of Azadliq newspaper Faig Amirli has come to a conclusion, reports his lawyer Fakhraddin Mehdiyev.
According to Mehdiyev, next week his lawyers will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the case materials, after which the case will be sent to the Baku Court of Grave Crimes. Mehidyev says the case will most likely begin by mid-May.
Faiq Amirli was detained on August 20, 2016 and charged with inciting inter-religious strife. According to the investigation, Faiq Amirli was found in posession of books related to the Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused in Turkey of terrorism and an attempted coup d’état.
On April 17, 2017, new charges were brought against Faiq Amirli according to articles 213.1 (tax evasion) and 308.2 (abuse of office) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
Amirli has rejected these accusations as “far-fetched.”