A. KHALIL WILL BE FREE TO LEAVE COUNTRY IN 20 DAYS

July 15th, 2008
In 20 days, the Chief Prosecutor’s Office’s official order banning “Azadlig” Newspaper journalist Agil Khalil from leaving the country will no longer be in effect.

This is because today the Nasimi District Court adopted a decision in connection with the criminal case that the Chief Prosecutor’s Office claimed it was keeping the journalist here to participate in.

“Three times, for no reason, they prevented me from going abroad,” “Azadlig” Newspaper correspondent Agil Khalil told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety today. “The Chief Prosecutor’s Office would not let me leave the country. It cannot be ruled out however, that in the near future I will travel abroad.”

According to Azerbaijani legislation the above-mentioned order is only applicable up to 20 days after the first instance court issues a verdict. At the same time, Khalil said he still believes that he might encounter problems when trying to leave. “In general this decision of the prosecutor was absurd,” said Khalil. “If I get an invitation aboard, I will definitely go. However, they will probably try to find another excuse to not let me leave.”