Baku, June 12, AZERTAC
Azerbaijan has no political prisoners, Assistant to the President on social and political issues Ali Hasanov told local and foreign journalists at a press conference on the eve of European Games.
Answering the question "When will the political prisoners be released?" Hasanov said: "We believe that Azerbaijan has no political prisoners. There are convicted of certain acts. There are court decisions against them, and none executive branch may question the decisions of the courts," said Hasanov. According to him, the courts in Azerbaijan are independent and act according to the norms of law.
"In Azerbaijan, there are conditions for free political activity, 55 political parties can hold meetings, demonstrations, protests, participate in elections. A campaign on political prisoners in Azerbaijan launched by some circles has no basis," Hasanov said.
“Politicization of the European Games will be felt not only by Azerbaijan, but also by the entire sports community of Europe”, Ali Hasanov underlined.
Regarding the participation of Armenian athletes in the European Games, Hasanov expressed the hope that the sport will contribute to the rapprochement of the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples.
From today, heads of state and government as well as heads of delegations have begun arriving in Azerbaijan to attend the opening ceremony of the first European Games. There will be 15 to 20 heads of state and government and 35 to 40 senior government officials.
Ali Hasanov, the Azerbaijani president’s aide for public-political affairs, made the remarks Thursday during the press conference of the Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Youth and Sports on the First European Games.
Ali Hasanov reiterated that the European Games will be held successfully.