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Azerbaijan: Road Deaths Involving Elite Youth Turn Political

Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chair of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov (left) with President Ilham Aliyev on a visit to an IDP settlement. Hasanov's grandson was arrested in the latest in a string of traffic incidents involving elite youth. (photo: president.az)

A string of fatal car crashes involving the powerful and politically connected have sparked public outrage in Azerbaijan.

The latest incident came on August 3, when two men were killed and two more injured in a collision caused by Nail Elman oglu Allahverdiyey. The 23-year-old is the grandson of Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov and son-in-law of State Border Service chief Elcin Quliyev.

A Baku city court ordered Allahverdiyev to be detained for four months. “Regardless of their role in the government, an official who ignores the instructions of the president and shows public disrespect for society must bear the heaviest punishment in accordance with the law,” the Interior Minister and Prosecutor General’s office announced in an August 7 joint statement.

On August 7, a Baku court also ordered the arrest of Mirmahammad Ismayilov, another elite youth and the driver of a car that Allahverdiyev was racing along Baku's streets when the accident took place.

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