Azerbaijan loses three cases in the European Court of Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Azerbaijan to pay 20,200 euros [approximately $ 17,000] in compensation after the country lost three separate cases filed by six plaintiffs.
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Non-enforcement of court decisions
Four citizens of Azerbaijan applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and complained about non-enforcement or delay in enforcement of decisions of national courts.
During the judicial investigation, the Azerbaijani government accepted the requirements voiced in the complaints submitted to the ECHR and offered the plaintiffs to withdraw the cases in exchange for compensation.
The ECHR brought the government’s proposal to the plaintiffs and only E. Abbasov refused the offer while other complainants did not respond to the court.
As its final decision, the ECHR accepted the proposal of the Azerbaijani government, and according to the court ruling, within three months the government must pay compensation to the complainants: E. Abbasov and Z. Aliyeva – 3850 euros [$ 4552], A. Nagiyev – 1800 euros [$ 2128], A. Bakirov – 1200 euros [$ 1418].
Earlier, the plaintiffs applied to the national courts for civil claims, but the Azerbaijani courts considered the cases in the absence of the plaintiffs, did not inform them about the time and place of the hearings, and the decisions made in favor of the plaintiffs have not been enforced.
Ban on leaving the country
The plaintiff Elshan Aliyev appealed to the ECHR and accused the Azerbaijani government of banning him from leaving the country.
According to the complainant, his right to freedom of movement was violated and he demanded effective measures to be implemented in order to protect his rights during the consideration of his complaints.
The parties to the case came to an agreement, and the government pledged to pay the plaintiff compensation for non-pecuniary damage of 5,000 euros [$ 5,912], as well as 1,000 euros [$ 1,182] of legal costs.
Cancellation of the application
Another case at the ECHR was opened at the suit of an Azerbaijani citizen (his name is not mentioned), who complained that local courts ruled to arrest him while lack of sufficient evidence for this and then refused to release him on bail.
According to the plaintiff, his rights to freedom and inviolability were violated.
The complainant’s lawyer informed the ECHR that his client had accepted the government’s offer of compensation for non-pecuniary damage in the amount of EUR 3,500 [$ 4138] for dropping the claim.
The European Court has decided to remove this statement from the list of pending cases.