Azerbaijan opens criminal case against provocative calls on social networks
Kriminal09 July 2018, 18:06 498
A number of media representatives as well as different individuals have spread provocative information via the Internet with regard to Russian citizen Yunis Safarov carrying out a terrorist assault on Head of the Ganja City Executive Authority Elmar Valiyev and police officer Gasim Ashbazov on July 3, 2018, the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office told APA.
In order to mislead public opinion, disrupt socio-political stability, support terrorism, undermine the people’s confidence in the actions the government is taking, and downplay the work carried out by law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime, these individuals have disseminated false as well as illegal information, calling for support for terrorism, a change of government and constitutional changes in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.
Criminal cases have been launched under Article 214-2 (opens calls to terrorism) against some profiles on social networks that have expressed an explicit call to terrorism in their posts and comments. Furthermore, a criminal case has been initiated under Article 281.1 (explicit calls against state) against explicit calls for people to hold illegal protests in order to seize power and change the Constitution of Azerbaiajn. These criminal cases have been submitted to the State Security Service for preliminary investigation and the efforts are underway to arrest those responsible.
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