18:14 30.08.11

A 31-year-old airport technician from the landlocked Azerbaijani
exclave Nakhichevan has been found dead at the Ministry for National
Security after being accused of "working for Iran," the RFE/RL

Family members of Turac Zeynalov, a resident of Arazun village in the
exclave's Julfa district, say they were shown his body on August 25,
a day after he had been summoned to the ministry.

The family said Zeynalov also showed signs of being beaten to death,
including bruises and blood stains across his body and a disfigured

Zeynalov's father, Shuriyye Zeynalov, said he was told by authorities
that his son had committed treason because he had "worked for Iran."

The father claimed his son was beaten to death because he had refused
to sign a confession. The family said they were not given any medical
documentation about the cause of his death.

The local Turan news agency reported that there was no immediate
information available about four other men who were also reportedly
summoned to the ministry recently.

Elman Abbasov, a correspondent working at the Institute for Reporters'
Freedom and Safety (IRFS) told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service on August
29 that he met with Zeynalov's family and was concerned about the
fate of the man's parents.

"Summoning somebody to the National Security Ministry on a groundless
claim and beating him to death does not conform to legal norms, laws,
and humanity," Abbasov said. "Even if a man is guilty, he should be
punished according to the law."

Abbasov maintained that he is also concerned about the fate of Turac
Zeynalov's parents.

"Turac's wife told us their home was also searched. But nothing was
found there," he said, adding that authorities had admitted they had
"slapped Turac once or twice in order to educate him."

Eldar Ibrahimov, a member of parliament from Nakhichevan told RFE/RL
that did not have any information about Zeynalov's death. Ibrahimov
dismissed the reported beating death, saying it "could be an unfounded

From: Baghdasarian