Twenty-seven-year-old transgender woman Nuray Nuriyev was murdered on August 22 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The newlywed was found stabbed and burned Friday in the town of Puta, apparently just days after being married.
Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police Colonel Ehsan Zakhidov, said on Wednesday, August 25, that an arrest had been made. “A criminal case was immediately opened. In the course of the investigation, it was established that the killed is a resident of Aghdam region, 27-year-old Nuray Nuriyev, ”Ehsan Zakhidov told reporters.
Mirshahid Mehdiyev, a resident of the Agjabedi region, was detained as a suspect in the murder.
The speed with which the suspect was apprehended was at least partly due to a protest at the Ombudsman's office in which protesters demanded a meeting with the Ombudsman Sabina Aliyeva.
🇦🇿❌🏳️⚧️#Transgenders held a demonstration in #Azerbaijan— Azerbaijani Community of Georgia 🇦🇿🇬🇪 (@AzerCommunity) August 27, 2021
The protesters said they were holding a rally for a 27-year-old #trans woman who they say was murdered and whose body was burned on 22 August in the Puta settlement of #Baku’s #Garadagh district. pic.twitter.com/TTPFDbVpt
The LGBT+ community protested her murder bringing attention to the brutality of the act.
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