Colonel Avtandil  AgayevChief of the Gobustan.

The Gobustan prison is the prison for convicts for life imprisonment and for
long periods of imprisonment. In Gobustan prison, prisoners are kept in cells.
It is not allowed to walk, work, study prisoners there, meetings with relatives
are rare.

In July- August 2017 Chief of the Gobustan prison Avtandil Agayev, his deputy
Emin Jafarov, employees Ilkin Akhundov, Namig Agayev and workers named
Rovshan, Igbal tortured the prisoners of so called “ Nardaran case”, sentenced
to Gobustan prison. These officers personally tortured Abbas Huseynov, Taleh
Bagirov, Jabbar Jabbarov and others.

A. Huseynov himself told the lawyer Yalchin Imanov about tourtures.

On July 22, 2017 he and another convicted Jabbar Jabbarov were taken to the
Gobustan prison. As soon as they were brought there, they were immediately
handcuffed and dragged along the asphalt.

Huseynov, Jabbarov and another prisoner were put face to face with a wall and
kept under the scorching sun. When Huseynov announced his rights, he was
told that "here is Gobustan".

An employee named Rovshan, pointing at Huseynov, said: "This person says a
lot, explain all to him," after which he was beaten with a truncheon by the
ensign Ilkin Akhundov. Then Huseynov was thrown into the punishment cell.
Despite the fact that the period of detention in the punishment cell expired on
July 29, Huseynov was held there until August 5.

In the punishment cell, the situation is terrible; worms and insects crawl along
the floor, the toilet is there and absolute uncleanness reigns.

On July 25, Major Namig Guliyev struck Huseynov with his fists in the
stomach and in the face, threatening to torture him with an electric shock and
mockingly saying: "A truncheon is an inseparable friend of a prisoner." When
Huseynov said that he would complain, the major said that "let you complain
where you want." Moreover, an act was drawn up about the alleged insult of the
prison staff by Huseynov.

For 17 days in Gobustan prison, Huseynov was pronounced four reprimands.
On July 26, he was taken out of the punishment cell under the pretext of
meeting with the commander. However, in the courtyard of the prison, he was
tied to an iron post and held for 3 hours under the scorching sun, his hands
clasped in handcuffs.

On July 29, despite the completion of the detention in the punishment cell,
Huseynov was returned to the punishment cell on the pretext that there were
“no places in the quarantine”.

Abbas Huseynov said that on July 29, Taleh Bagirov, leader of the Movement “
Muslim Unity”, was brought to the Gobustan prison. He was kept in the next
cell, and Huseynov heard how bad he was feeling. When Bagirov asked the
warden Ilkin Akhundov to call a doctor, the warden began to insult the convict.

In response, Huseynov and Jabbarov began to protest, and other prisoners
joined their protest, demanding that the warden be punished. A. Huseynov was
threatened with sending to the so-called "tuberculosis zone" (prison for
tuberculosis patients).

On August 5 Huseynov, in connection with the expiration of the "quarantine"
term, was taken to the chief of the Gobustan prison Avtandil Agayev. When
Huseynov began to talk about lawlessness, A.Agayev interrupted him and said:
"Here is Gobustan - a place where rights end."

After that Huseynov was thrown to the floor, and Avtandil Agayev began to beat
him with a truncheon. The chief of prison struck him 30-35 strokes, including
on the head. After that Huseynov was put in a punishment cell for 8 days more.
In the punishment cell he was knocked down, handcuffed on his arms and legs
(actually crucified), and in this condition he was kept in a punishment cell for
two days.

According to the lawyer, there are many injuries and bruises on Huseynov's
body - the back, the legs, the lower back and the knees. On the wrists and legs,
there are traces of handcuffs. Huseynov moves with difficulty, limps on one leg
and cannot sit.

More information: Abbas Huseynov Tortured in Gobustan Prison - Lawyer
2017 August 09

From 1999 to 2007, about 40 prisoners died for various reasons in the
Gobustan prison.
The Council of Europe notes that in Gobustan prison there is a high level of
violence and bullying of prisoners.


Agayev Avtandil