Alexander Lapshin sentenced to 3 years in prison

Blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is being detained in Azerbaijan, was sentenced to 3 years in prison by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.

Lapshin is charged under Article 281.2 of the Criminal Code (public appeals to violent capture of authority, violent deduction of authority or violent change constitutional grounds or infringement of territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic, as well as distribution of materials of such contents- if the same acts were committed repeatedly or by a group of persons). The court concluded that the charges under this article are not valid.


Earlier, a state prosecutor asked the court to sentence Lapshin for a period of 6.6 years in prison.


In his final statement yesterday, Lapshin pleaded not guilty.


Lapshin said he feels sorrowful for having caused moral pain in the hearts of Azerbaijani people.


“My guilt before the people of Azerbaijan is only moral, not legal in any way. I understand how important Karabakh is for Azerbaijan. Under no circumstances did I enter into a criminal collaboration with the Armenian authorities,” he said.


Lapshin expressed hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.


"I regret having gone to Karabakh, causing moral pain in the hearts of residents who are suffering from the consequences of the occupation. I had no idea about the occupation. I have been treated only nicely here," he added.  


Later on, the jury retired to the advisory room. Following the meeting, a verdict about Lapshin will be announced.


Earlier, a state prosecutor had asked the court to sentence Lapshin for a period of 6.5 years in prison. 


The prosecutor had said that Lapshin, after serving his sentence, must be expelled from Azerbaijan in accordance with Article 52 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


Lapshin, who is a citizen of several countries, is accused of violating Azerbaijani laws on state border in April 2011 and October 2012.


On 15 December 2016, he was detained in Belarus. On January 17, 2017, Alexei Stuk, deputy prosecutor general of Belarus, issued a ruling on Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan. Lapshin was brought to Azerbaijan on February 7.


Lapshin is charged under the Article 281.2 (public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing border of the Republic of Azerbaijan) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  






20.07.2017 13:36 / Hits: 142 / Print
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