Statement on the conviction of Server Mustafayev in Russia
September 16, 2020
As the Clooney Foundation for Justice has previously stated, Server Mustafayev's trial in Russia has been characterized by numerous violations of his fair trial rights–and now the court has rushed to an unjust conviction, sentencing all but one of the eight defendants to severe terms of imprisonment ranging from 13 years to 19 years, along with subsequent restrictions on their freedom of movement. While the prosecution was given six months to put on their case, the defendants were given less than two months. Further, the court denied defense requests to call relevant witnesses on the ground that they would not be testifying to the "wrongful activities of the defendants," despite the fact that the defendants were entitled to be presumed innocent and call witnesses in their defence. A full report analyzing and grading the trial according to international standards, based on monitoring of all accessible hearings by Human Rights Embassy, will be made available soon at trialwatch.com.
The direct link to the statement is - https://cfj.org/news_posts/statement-on-the-conviction-of-server-mustafayev-in-russia/
Previous press statements on the Server Mustafayev case can be read by clicking on the relevant documents: