Republican Alternative Party
STATEMENT ON ACQUITTAL OF ILGAR MAMMADOV AND RASUL JAFAROV
Today’s acquittal of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov by the Plenum of the Supreme Court is a historic event for the judicial system of Azerbaijan. It sets new, very positive precedents in ensuring the rule of law.
As these cases demonstrate, the broadly defined national legislation of Azerbaijan, including the European Convention on Human Rights, is ultimately effective in protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Implementation of corresponding political and legal measures should be intensified in the future to speed up the decision-making process and thus increase the effectiveness.
It should also be noted that even before the Supreme Court’s decision, Azerbaijani judges Khanlar Hajiyev and Latif Huseynov, acting fairly on both cases, had repeatedly voted in favour Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov at the European Court of Human Rights.
We, the REAL party, do not overlook the fact that today's acquittals happened at the background of the government initiative to engage in dialogue initiative with opposition – the initiative which we, as REAL party, supported and which has evolved into practical process after the establishment of first contact.
Once again we thank our party members, lawyers, and general public for their support on this way to justice.