Ramiz Tagiyev, who is an adviser to AXCP Chairman Ali Kerimli, told reporters in Baku that a few weeks ago he let himself be recruited by officers of Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry with a view to foil their suspected plans ahead of the 6 November legislative polls.
Tagiyev said the arrest of opposition youth leader Ruslan Basirli was part of a plot to overthrow the AXCP leadership. Basirli was detained earlier this month on charges of receiving foreign money to overthrow the government. His arrest sparked a wave of antiopposition protests throughout the country.
Tagiyev today alleged that the security forces' plan envisaged the seizure of the AXCP Baku headquarters by pro-government protesters and the replacement of Kerimli by himself. There was no immediate comment from the Azerbaijani authorities.