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Jehovah’s Witnesses


JANUARY 15, 2016

Judge Again Postpones Hearing and Delays Women’s Release

On January 14, 2016, Judge Akram Gahramanov of the Pirallahi District Court in Baku, Azerbaijan, again postponed the hearing of Ms. Zakharchenko and Ms. Jabrayilova. He reasoned that he could not hold the hearing without Ms. Zakharchenko, whose poor health did not allow her to appear in court. He set the next hearing for January 28, 2016.

The delay further harms the women, as the postponement denied their lawyers opportunity to argue motions for their release. Since it is the 11-month detention that has damaged their health, the unnecessary requirement of Ms. Zakharchenko’s presence in court and the pointless delay in proceedings amount to further mistreatment.