On 8 March at around 10am Sakhavat Soltanli, vice-chairman of Musavat Party Youth Organization, was detained by police. RFE/RL Azerbaijani service was informed about this by Tural Abbasli, head of the Musavat Party Youth Organization.
He said that Sakhavat was detained by police on the street and taken to Garadagh District 11th Police Station.
However guards at Garadagh District 11th Police Station say that nobody by the name of Sakhavat Soltanli is being held there.
Sakhavat Soltanli’s brother Gadim Soltanli says that, upon hearing the news that his brother is being held, he went straight to 11th police station: “I asked the guards, they said that he is there. First they said that they will release him after he writes an explanation, but then they said they’re not releasing him. Plainclothes men had been hanging around our hosue for three days now.” Gadim Soltanli says that he was not given any information about why his brother is being held.
On 4 March APFP Youth Committee member Dayanat Babayev was also detained by police. He was sentenced to 10 days in prison.
Musavat Party says that the youth being detained is due to the party planning a protest on 12 March.
At 2pm, about 10 plainclothes men took youth activist Rashadat Akhundov.
RFE/RL Azerbaijani service was informed by Turkan Huseynova, his fiancé:
“10 plainclothes men abducted Rashadat near Baku Amusement Center. He was with his family. The plainclothes took their car keys so they would not be able to follow them.”
Orkhan Mansurzada, Head of the Press Office department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, says that he will investigate the reports.
Sakhavat Soltanli is being held at 11th Police Station. The police say that he has committed “auto-hooliganism”.
Rashadat Akhundov’s family cannot find out who he is being held by. He was taken in a black car. Plainclothes men took his parents’ car keys by force, so that they would not be followed.
At around 4pm, Rashadat was brought to 37th Police Station.
Rashadat Akhundov was sentenced to 5 days in prison and taken to Binagadi Temporary Detention Center. His father, Fikret Akhundov, informed RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service of this.
Vice-chairman of Musavat Party Youth Organization Sakhavat Soltanli, who was also arrested on 8 March, is being held at Garadagh District 11th Police Station. He was taken to Garadagh District Court to be tried for auto-hooliganism. His brother Gadim Soltanli says that he has been unable to get news about Sakhavat after this. Garadagh District Court has also given no information about this case.