BAKU: Armenian arrested for “hooliganism” in Azeri capital

Armenian arrested for “hooliganism” in Azeri capital

Azad Azarbaycan TV, Baku
20 Jul 04

[Presenter Etibar Mammadov] An Armenian has been detained in Baku. It
became known that Igor Bagiyan, who had received years in prison for
misappropriating state property, lived in the capital under the
patronage of [Director of the Human Rights Centre of Azerbaijan] Eldar
Zeynalov who is famous for protecting the rights of Armenians.
Zeynalov supplied Bagiyan with money and even helped him to obtain his

[Correspondent over video of beach and streets of Baku] Employees of
the Azizbayov district police department [Baku] have arrested an
Armenian for hooliganism on the Mardakan beach [suburbs of Baku]. The
Baku City Main Police Department reports that ethnic Armenian Igor
Rubenovich Bagiyan had brawled with ethnic Russian Ivan Borisovich
Demin on the beach. A resident of Sabuncu district [Baku], Elcin
Eldarov, intervened in their dispute and was stabbed by Demin.

The investigation found out that Bagiyan had been jailed for
misappropriating state property in the past. After his release, he
lived in a house bought for him at Basir Safaroglu Street in Yasamal
District [Baku]. Another interesting detail was revealed as
well. Eldar Zeynalov created conditions for Bagiyan to live in
Azerbaijan. He protected Bagiyan’s rights when he was in prison.
Eldar Zeynalov helped him to get his ID with an Armenian name and
surname. Zeynalov constantly supplied Bagiyan with money after his
release from prison.

Legal proceedings have been instituted against Bagiyan and Demin at
the moment. The law-enforcement agencies will examine the reasons why
Zeynalov protects Bagiyan.

Fuzuli Hasanli for “Son Xabar”.