Members of the National Preventative Group for the Prevention of Torture Under the Ombudsman visited young activists Bayram Mammadov and Qiyas Ibrahimov in Baku’s Temporary Detention Center.
In their report, representatives of the office wrote that “members of the mission did not notice any evidence of torture on their bodies.”
The youth activists are being charged with illegal drug trafficking. However, the real reason behind their arrest is a graffiti message the two boys drew on a statue to Heydar Aliyev on May 9th, reports Turan News Agency.
On the basis of a request made by the parents of Qiyas and Bayram, representatives of the Ombudsman’s office met with the boys in private. Bodily inspection was conducted with the participation of doctors, however, no signs of injuries were found.
Representatives of the Ombudsman’s office also pointed out that in medical documents pertaining to the arrestees that show that a medical examination conducted on admission to the Baku Temporary Detention Center revealed no signs of former injuries.
Note that lawyer Elcin Sadiqov circulated in the press two testimonies to the boys’ injuries. The lawyer himself claims to have seen bruises and signs of trauma on both Mammadov and Ibrahimov on the very first day after their arrest.
Also note that there has yet to be a case to date when representatives from the office of the Ombudsman, Elmira Suleymanova, have confirmed the ill – treatment of prisoners in police custody.