Journalist, in pre-trial detention since 22 November 2016
ROLE: Journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of AzelTV news website
FOCUS: Journalism, focused on corruption
ARRESTED: On 22 November 2016, police arrested Sadikhov in Gazakh region. He was later transferred to Jalilabad city, where the Jalilabad District Court sentenced him to three month’s pre-trial detention.
CHARGE: Infliction of a minor harm to health (article 127.2.3 of the Criminal Code). Sadikhov faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
CURRENT STATUS: In custody, serving three months detention pending trial.
CASE DETAILS: Sadikhov was arrested on 22 November 2016 in Gazakh region, and was transferred to Jalilabad city. On the same day, the Jalilabad District Court sentenced him to three months pre-trial detention on charges of “deliberate infliction of minor harm to health in a publicly dangerous way or through motives of hooliganism” under article 127.2.3 of the Criminal Code.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly before Sadhikov’s arrest. According to Sadikhov, he was summoned to meet with the local authorities, but on arriving at the spot was physically attacked by a local woman, who then filed a complaint to the law-enforcement against him. The woman has been previously involved in a number of similar altercations with individuals known for their criticism of regional authorities.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Sadikhov wrote extensively about the poor conditions of roads and social infrastructure in Jalilabad region, which drew huge attention by the public, as well as caused irritation by the local authorities. According to his mother, prior to his arrest Sadikhov received several warnings demanding he stop his criticism.
According to Sadikhov’s wife, he is currently on hunger strike in protest at his detention.