As a result of operational actions taken by the Ministry of National Security, 22 people accused of treason and other grave crimes by spying against the sovereignty and state security of the Republic of Azerbaijan were detained.
Citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Karimov Niyazi Alovsat, Aliyev Mubariz Ismayil, Tagiyev Elman Ramiz, Jalilov Nusrat Aydin, Gasimov Rahim Museyib, Zakiyev Mammadtagi Alikram, Hashimov Bahram Nazim, Abbasov Ayaz Faradagha, Abbasov Afghan Farid, Mammadov Shahin Hasanagha, Aghayev Miralasgar Mirgasim, Zulfugarov Rovshan Abdulbaghi, Alakbarov Hamidagha Tofig, Gasimov Seymour Sakhavat, Rasulov Taleh Aliyusif, Habibov Ceyhun Valeh, Karimov Elchin Alasgar, Mammadov Zahid Gulbudagh and others were involved in secret collaboration with the special services of the Islamic Republic of Iran the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution - SEPAH, instructed by SEPAH officers they were spying, collecting and delivering information to use against the state security of the Republic of Azerbaijan, finding persons and putting them in touch with SEPAH representatives.
It was identified that while traveling to Mashad city of the Islamic Republic of Iran in spring of 1999, Niyazi Karimov met a person named Akbar Pakravesh in Tehran. Relations between Akbar Pakravesh, who was SEPAH member, but masked as an adherent of religious solidarity, and Niyazi Karimov were extended. Later at the suggestion of A.Pakravesh, Niyazi Karimov was voluntarily involved in secret collaboration and instructed by the Iranian special services, he started spying against the national security of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
SEPAH employee Akbar Pakraves instructed Niyazi Karimov to find suitable persons among the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to involve them in secret military trainings for the purpose of perpetrating terrorist attacks and sabotages against the embassies, representations and organizations of the US, Israel and the Western countries in Baku, he instructed him to put these persons in touch with SEPAH and promised to give large amount of money for this work. Niyazi Karimov agreed with this suggestion.
Later Niyazi Karimov traveled to Iran many times from 1999 until 2011, met SEPAH members named Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid, received instructions and money form them. According to those instructions, citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan Tagiyev Elman, Zakiyev Mammadtagi, Aliyev Mubariz, Jalilov Nusrat, Gasimov Rahim, Hashimov Bahram, Abbasov Ayaz, Abbasov Afghan, Mammadov Shahin, Aghayev Miralasgar, Zulfugarov Rovshan, Alakbarov Hamidagha, Gasimov Seymour, Rasulov Taleh, Habibov Ceyhun and others were put in touch with SEPAH’s Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid. Moreover, Niyazi Karimov handed Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid from SEPAH the materials regarding the preparations for the terrorist, provocative actions against the embassies, representations, organizations, citizens of the US, Israel and Western states in Azerbaijan, as well as materials damaging the state security of the Azerbaijan Republic.
Under the mask of religious solidarity, assuming all the travel expenses of the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid from SEPAH organized their travel to Iran under the different pretexts, mainly pilgrimage. Then they met them in Tehran and placed them in the flats for confidential meetings. Within 4-5 days Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid talked to the abovementioned citizens of Azerbaijan in private and told them that they will also be involved in the terrorist, provocative actions planned against the embassies, representations, organizations of the US, Israel and Western states in Azerbaijan. They said they will hold special military trainings for them in the camps around Tehran. The abovementioned citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic attended special military trainings in the military camps near Tehran and Karaj, mastered skills to fire from firearms, including automatic guns, pistols, to use explosive agents and devices, topographic maps, to make confidential observations, avoid confidential observations and to enter secretly the close secured buildings. After the trainings ended, the Azerbaijani citizens undertook commitment about confidential cooperation and were nicknamed by the employees of SEPAH. They were ordered to gather materials damaging the state security of the Azerbaijan Republic, find other persons, including the citizens of Georgia, who can help, and put in touch with them. Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid promised monthly salary to each of the citizens of Azerbaijan Republic through mediation of Niyazi Karimov, Elman Tagiyev, Mubariz Aliyev, ordered them to return to Azerbaijan and wait for their instructions. While seeing off the citizens of Azerbaijan from Astara and Tehran cities of Iran, Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid once more gave instructions about terrorist, provocative actions and gave them a great amount of dollars.
In order not to cause doubt of Azerbaijani intelligence agency regarding the regular visits of the Azerbaijani citizens to Iran, the employees of SEPAH met with some of them in the territory of the third countries, including Damascus of the Syrian Arab Republic and Moscow of Russia and gave them instructions.
With the view of achieving proper fulfillment of the instructions, serious observation of the rules of conspiracy, confidential measures by the citizens of Azerbaijan financed by intelligence agencies of Iran, under the special plans of the SEPAH employees, early in 1999 the main persons involved in the confidential cooperation put other Azerbaijani citizens in touch with the employees of the Iranian intelligence agency Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid.
Thus, Mubariz Aliyev, who traveled to Iran by the instruction of Niyazi Karimov and was involved in secret collaboration by SEPAH employee Akbar Pakravesh, as well as passed the special military training, put in touch Bahram Hashimov, Ayaz Abbasov, Afgan Abbasov, Miralasgar Aghayev, Rovshan Zulfugarov, Shahin Mammadov, Seymur Gasimov, Jeyhun Habibov and others with Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid during 2000-2011.
Elman Taghiyev, who was involved in secret cooperation in Iran and passed special military training, put in touch Nusrat Jalilov, Taleh Rasulov, Hamidagha Alakbarov, Rahim Gasimov, Elchin Karimov, Zahid Mammadov and others with Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid during 2000-2007.
Consequently, by using this method, the employees of Iranian intelligence agency SEPAH were curtained with the insincere religious solidarity slogans, set a goal to establish and strengthen a special contingent, consisting of Azerbaijani citizens, who were involved in secret cooperation, ready for their orders, provided with large amount of money and passed military training, against the state security of Azerbaijan.
During these years, the Azerbaijani citizens, who were involved in secret cooperation by SEPAH employees Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid, were provided with technical equipments and transport vehicles and gathered materials about the addresses of the embassies, representations, organizations, economic companies of foreign countries, as well as “Sokhnut” organization and several educational facilities, “American Fast-food” restaurant, BP-Azerbaijan oil company’s head office and other facilities, their workers and delivered materials to Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid in Iran.
It was also known that SEPAH employees Akbar Pakravesh and Vahid tasked to purchase weapon and prepare a secret place for hiding the weapons and ammunitions, which will be sent in the future, for committing terror acts against the employees of the embassies, representations, organizations, economic companies of foreign countries in Azerbaijan. For this purpose, Elman Tagiyev determined some secret places and presented their photos to SEPAH employees and coordinated it with them. Then Elman Tagiyev bought 1 “Ak-74” submachine gun, 2 chargers and 157 bullets from resident of Baku city Sabunchu district, Nardaran settlement Bashirov Ali Ali Isa through Zakiyev Abulfaz Alikram. At the same time, it was revealed that the abovementioned submachine gun, charger and bullets were sold to Bashirov Ali Ali by resident of that settlement Nuriyev Gulhuseyn Ahmadagha. Ali Bashirov, Abulfaz Zakiyev and Gulhuseyn Nuriyev were detained as a result of operational measures. 1 “TOZ-8” gun and its bullet was found during the search of Zakiyev’s house, 1 submachine gun and its 1 charger, 5 bullets, 1 “F1”, 1 “RGD” hand grenades, as well as smoke and flare pots were found in Hamidagha Alakbarov’s house, 1 AK-74 submachine gun, 2 chargers and 157 bullets were found in Elman Taghiyev’s house and 1 “SVD” sniper rifle, 40 bullets, 1 “PM” pistol, 4 “F1” hand grenades, 4 lighters, 3 200gr and 2 400gr TNT blocks, 5 detonators were found in the farm belonging to Taghiyev. Besides it was revealed that Ali Bashirov gave 1 charger and 45 bullets of “AK-74” submachine gun to his close relative Farajov Asif Faraj.
As a result of operational search actions on March 13, 2012, besides, the patrons and charger getting from Ali Bashirov, additionally 1 “AK-74” submachine gun, 1 “PM” pistol, 1 charger and 15 patrons belong to it, 90 patrons belong to “TOZ-8” fire-arm, 1 pneumatic gun, 1 dagger and 100 gram marihuana were found in the house of Asif Farajov and seized.
Investigation Department of the Ministry of National Security launched investigation on the facts under the Criminal Codes article No 274 (treason) and 228.2.1 (Illegal purchase, transfer, selling, storage, transportation or carrying of arms, accessories to it, supplies). Karimov Niyazi Alovsat, Aliyev Mubariz Ismayil, Tagiyev Elman Ramiz, Jalilov Nusrat Aydin, Gasimov Rahim Museyib, Zakiyev Mammadtagi Alikram, Hashimov Bahram Nazim, Abbasov Ayaz Faradagha, Abbasov Afghan Farid, Mammadov Shahin Hasanagha, Aghayev Miralasgar Mirgasim, Zulfugarov Rovshan Abdulbaghi, Alakbarov Hamidagha Tofig, Gasimov Seymour Sakhavat, Rasulov Taleh Aliyusif, Habibov Ceyhun Valeh, Karimov Elchin Alasgar, Mammadov Zahid Gulbudagh, Zakiyev Abulfaz Alikram, Bashirov Ali Ali, Nuriyev Gulhuseyn Ahmadagha and Farajov Asif Faraj were sentenced by the court to the pre-trial detention.
Necessary investigative and operational search actions are being continued to investigate all cases on the criminal case.
Recently, some pseudo experts and newspapers try to create confusion in the society spreading baseless, false and disgust information about the criminal investigation carried out in accordance with the legislation about the people brought to the criminal responsibility and accused of committing the dangerous and illegal actions by the order of domestic and foreign destructive enemy forces, as if it was directed against religion and religious men. Not depending on their race, nationality, gender, religion or belief, everybody is responsible before the law. The principle of inevitability of punishment for illegal actions concerns everyone. The actions directed against society , criminal attacks and threats against the national security of Azerbaijan will be firmly prevented in the future.
The Ministry of National Security stated that the persons, who were involved by foreign special services in collaboration, but didn’t commit crime against sovereignty, territorial integrity, national security and defense ability of Azerbaijan, and informed the state agencies voluntarily and in time and had no criminal elements in their actions, will exempt from criminal responsibility.