TORTURE IN APRIL 2019
According to the Agency Veten ugrunda, Shahin Verdiyev, who, on 30 July 2018, was arrested on charges of participation in the events in Ganja in July 2018, has been suffering from a serious neurological disease since he was 8 years old and has therefore been under constant medical supervision. However, his medical conditions did not stop law enforcement officials. As it turned out in the course of the trial on the so-called “Ganja case” in the Baku Sabunchi District Court, as well as according to the arrested sister’s words, Nigar Verdiyeva, Shahin Verdiyev was first subjected to brutal torture in the Nizami District Police Department of Ganja by the order of Orkhan Babayev, an investigator of the Investigation Department for Serious Crimes of the General Prosecutor’s Office. After putting a bag over his head and tying up hands behind his back, a current was passed through Verdiyev’s body. When he fainted, the doctors were called out and they brought him back to his senses. After that, the torture kept on going, and the police officers continued to beat the detainee with truncheons and their legs non-stop.
As a consequence, Verdiev’s condition has deteriorated dramatically since the beginning of the trial. On 21 April Shahin Verdiyev got worse, but his doctors did not hurry up to help him until the situation became threatening and the doctors diagnosed a heart attack. On 23 April Shahin Verdiyev was transferred to the Medical Department of the Penitentiary Service. But even there, a week later, the doctors did not hasten to render any serious care to Verdiyev, who suffered from a heart attack.