On October 21, Ilgar Mammadov's lawyer Fuad Agayev confirmed the threat to Mammadov's life after Mammadov was attacked by two men at the jail facility he is currently being held at. Reports of Ilgar Mammadov, getting beaten on October 16 were originally shared by Mammadov's other lawyer Javad Javadov.
In an earlier interview with AzadliqRadiosu Javadov said following the attack, he requested the Ombudsman office, Prosecutor General and the Ministry of Justice to investigate the case.
In addition, the social committee of the Ministry of Justice promised to look into the attack however no developments or progress was made in that regard.
Following the beating, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) of which Ilgar Mammadov is an advisory council board member issued a statement on October 23. The institution strongly condemned the severe beating of Ilgar Mammadov. NRGI also urged the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to consider the shrinking civic space and abuse of dissidents in Azerbaijan and other participating countries as it continues to evaluate Azerbaijan’s role in the organization. "The transparency and accountability movement cannot succeed in countries where governments so blatantly abuse critics. So long as the government continues its oppression, Azerbaijan’s affiliation with EITI as well as the Open Government Partnership brings discredit to those initiatives", read the statement.
Ilgar Mammadov was senteced to seven years in 2014 for allegedly being behind the organization of regional uprising in Azerbaijan's northern town of Ismayilli, which took place in 2013.
On May 22, 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Mammadov's sentence was illegal, calling for an immediate release of Mammadov and pay him 22,000EUR. However, the court in Baku upheld the decision to keep Mammadov behind bars.