Baku City Local Revenues Department of the Ministry of Taxes has restored the tax sanction against Turan Information Agency for the period of 2014-2016.
On 18 September, Turan Information Agency received three emails dated 15 September from the Ministry of Taxes. The emails read that the Agency owes 27,253 AZN in unpaid taxes and 9,294 AZN in arrears. » » » »
While this week’s release of Azadliq newspaper executive director Faig Amirli, Turan information agency director Mehman Aliyev and blogger Alexander Lapshin from their places of detention should be taken as a step in the right direction, it is only the first step. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Security (IRFS) calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately free all other journalists and government critics remaining behind bars. » » » »
Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by Judge Vagif Mursagulov, considered Azadliq newspaper distribution director Faig Amirli’s appeal. Lawyers Agil Layijov and Fakhraddin Mammadov solicited for Amirli’s acquittal. The public prosecutor requested that Sabail district court’s original decision be upheld. Upon return from the deliberation room, the jury announced the decision to conditionally release Amirli. » » » »
The judicial investigation in journalist Elchin Ismayilli’s case has been completed, as reported by lawyer Elchin Sadigov. At a hearing on the case held in Shaki Grave Crimes Court under the chairmanship of Judge Rashid Huseynov, a man by the name Ilgar Garibov was questioned as a victim. He told the court that Elchin Ismayilli had not demanded from him money and that the journalist had occasionally complained to him of livelihood hardships. » » » »
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) is shocked by the scale of the corrupt actions of the Azerbaijani authorities described in the investigation dubbed “Azerbaijani Laundromat”. IRFS calls on the governments of the countries, in whose territory the criminal activities were carried out, to begin an immediate investigation to bring all participants of the transnational corruption network to justice. » » » »