Date of arrest – 15 January 2007
Charges (articles of the Criminal Code) –
28.2 — preparation of serious and especially serious crimes;
180.3.1 – robbery, by an organized gang;
204.3.1 – Manufacturing or selling of counterfeit money or securities, by an organized gang;
204.3.2 – Manufacturing or selling of counterfeit money or securities, in a large amount;
218.1 – creation of a criminal organisation in order to commit serious or especially serious crimes, as well as management of such organisations, structural divisions included, and also the creation of organisers’ associations, heads or other representatives of the organised groups with plans to develop and conditions for committing of serious or especially serious crimes;
228.1 – Illegal purchase, transfer, selling, storage, transportation and carrying of fire-arms, accessories to it, supplies (smooth-bore hunting weapon and supplies thereof excluded) or explosives;
228.4 – illegal purchase, selling or carrying of a gas weapon, cold steel, as well as a throwing weapon, except for places where carrying of a cold steel is an accessory of a national suit or is connected to hunting;
234.1 – illegal purchase or storage of drugs or psychotropic substances in a quantity exceeding that necessary for personal consumption, without the intent to sell;
274 – High treason, that is, deliberate action committed by a citizen of the Azerbaijan Republic to the detriment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, state security or defensibility of the Azerbaijan Republic: changeover to enemy side, espionage, distribution of state secrets to foreign state, rendering assistance to a foreign state, foreign organization or their representatives resulting in hostile activity against the Azerbaijan Republic;
278 – Actions aimed at usurping state power or forcible retention of power in violation of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as forcible change of constitutional structure of the state.
Penal facility – Prison No. 15
Sentence — On 10 December 2007, the Baku Serious Crimes Court (judge Anvar Seyidov) sentenced Said Dadashbayli and his nine co-defendants to terms of imprisonment ranging from 12 to 14 years. Dadashbayli, Rashad Aliyev and Jeyhun Aliyev received to 14 years’ imprisonment.
Baku Court of Appeal upheld the verdict on 25 February 2008, and the Supreme Court followed its lead in the autumn of 2008.