On August 15, 2016 the Chairperson of Sabail-Nasimi Assembly of REAL Toghrul Ismayilov and the Deputy Chairperson of Binagady Assembly Elshan Gasimov were arrested by unknown persons on the territory of Sabail district and taken to an unknown destionation. Toghrul Ismayilov and Elshan Gasimov were arrested when they were going take the recently published campaign materials (flyers) related to REAL's member in arrest Ilgar Mammadov on the street. We tried to find out where they are taken, but it was not possible to know their place. We came into Sabail and Nasimi district police departments, Main Police Department of Baku City, Organized Crime Department, Sabail and Nasimi district courts, but could not learn the place of detention of Toghrul Ismayilov and Elshan Gasimov anywhere.
The Board of Directors of the REAL consider this case kidnapping and regards it as regular illegal pressure aimed against the political position and activities of the REAL. The Board of Directors of the REAL states that, no pressure can force our organisation in its way. At the same time, The Board of Directors of the REAL states that, only the Board of Directors carries all political risks of the REAL and the responsibilities related them. The Board of Directors of the REAL brings to attention of all members again that, none of them is obliged to sacrifice their personal lives, their health and freedoms because of the REAL. Our members can make any statement before the unlawful attacks and threats required from them against the REAL leadership. The personal safety of REAL members has always been and will continue to be a high priority for the Board of Directors of the REAL.