Azerbaijani writer and political activist Zumrud Yaghmur was detained in front of President’s Administration in Baku on August 1 while protesting the fact that no verdict has so far been ruled against a suspect who allegedly raped her daughter – feminist activist – Sanay Yaghmur. Yaghmur, the mother, was freed shortly after.
Zumrud Yaghmur, holding a slogan reading “Don’t Protect the Rapist”, demanded the court to rule verdict against the suspect and claimed that, by not issuing the verdict, “the political regime is taking a revenge on her through her daughter”.
During the protest, the police also prevented the work of reporters and took away their phones and cameras. The law enforcement agencies have not issued a statement on the matter.
The investigations on the rape case, which have been going on for about half a year, are close to be over soon. Last month, in a trial at the Baku Grave Crimes Court, the state prosecutor demanded a 7-year sentence for the suspect, who happens to be the cousin of the victim/. Zumrud Yaghmur, however, is not content with the proposed sentence.
Meanwhile, the mother of the suspect denies any allegations against her son, saying it’s “all libel”.