On 5 September 2018, the Prosecutor General’s Office discharged Elchin Sadigov from the criminal proceedings in which he was the defence counsel for Yunus Safarov and complained to the ABA, claiming that he proposed that his client falsely complain that the investigative authorities tortured him. According to Mr. Sadigov, the Prosecutor General’s Office formal complaint referred only to the confidential conversation between the lawyer and his client during their meeting while the client was in detention. During the disciplinary proceedings, however, the allegations relating to lawyer Mr. Sadigov illegally urging his client to claim that he was tortured were no longer based on confidential lawyer-client communication, but rather on a letter allegedly drafted by the client himself. The initial complaint by the Prosecution did not mention any letter submitted by client against his lawyer Mr. Sadigov.
On 25 February 2019, the ABA decided to punish Mr. Sadigov with a reprimand. It did not consider the photos and videos published online after Mr. Safarov’s arrest, which revealed clear and multiple signs of severe beatings and torture, or his mother’s claim that her son was tortured for more than 25 days in detention.