Azeri Court May Seize Opposition Leader’s TV, Carpet

Azeri bailiffs presented Isa Qambar, leader of the country’s main opposition party, with a list of belongings they’ll seek to confiscate after his son refused to pay fines for attending demonstrations last month.

The officers plan to seize two used TV sets, an air conditioner, an old carpet, a chandelier and a stereo that doesn’t work to cover the claims, Qambar said by e-mail after they visited his apartment today in the capital of Baku.

“I told them it was a violation of law and the constitution,” said Qambar, who plans to run in presidential elections slated for October. All the items belong to the leader of the Musavat, or Equality, party, and not his son, Turqut, who was fined 3,100 manat ($3,950) for participating in unauthorized rallies in Baku on Jan. 12 and Jan. 26.

Police detained dozens of protesters as opposition youth groups rallied in central Baku last month in support of demonstrations in the northwestern town of Ismayilli and to protest non-combat deaths in the army.

Ismayilli was hit by two days of riots, and dozens were arrested after residents set fire to former district Governor Nizami Alakbarov’s house and a hotel and luxury cars owned by his nephew, who allegedly beat a taxi driver and insulted locals. Alakbarov, whom President Ilham Aliyev dismissed this month, denied the accusations against his nephew, who’s also a son of Labor and Social Protection Minister Fizuli Alakbarov.

The bailiffs will submit the list to court, which will decide whether to confiscate the property, Qambar said.

Abulfaz Qurbanli, leader of the youth wing of the opposition People’s Front of Azerbaijan Party, said on his Facebook account that bailiffs confiscated a carpet from his family’s home after he refused to pay a fine.

Aydin Agazada, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry, didn’t immediately comment about the visit to Qambar’s home when called on his mobile phone.

(Corrects name of son in third paragraph in story published Feb. 19.)
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