April 5th, 2012
Avaz Zeynalli, the imprisoned editor-in-chief of Khural, was charged
under Article 213.1 (evasion of taxes or other obligatory payments in
significant amount) of the Criminal Code, Nizami Hasanov (the director
of Khural) reported to the IRFS today. According to him, lawyer Elchin
Sadigov and the investigator met with Avaz Zeynalii and explained the
new charge brought against him.

Nizami Hasanov added that, Avaz Zeynalli appealed to Baku
LocalEconomic Court #1 asking to invalidate the February 12, 2012 tax
inspection act issued by the Ministry of Taxes and Tax Audit
Department under the Ministry of Taxes against Khural. The court
hearing on the appeal will be held on April 17th, 5:00 pm.
Khural was published weekly from October 2002, and daily from
September 20th, 2011. The property of the newspaper was confiscated by
bailiffs on October 19 following its failure to pay a total of 19,000
AZN in court-issued fines to the head of the Presidential
Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev, Mass Media State Support Fund Executive
Director Vugar Safarli, and others. The newspaper was prevented from
publishing on October 21st, when local printing houses refused to
print the newspaper. On October 28th, Khural editor-in-chief Avaz
Zeynalli was detained by officers from the Anti-Corruption Department
and sentenced to three months of pre-trial detention. His arrest was
based on a complaint filed with the Anti-Corruption Department by
ruling YAP MP Gular Ahmadova.  A criminal case was launched against
him under Articles 311.3.3 (taking a large bribe) and 311.3.4 (taking
a bribe in conjunction with threats) of the Criminal Code by the Fight
Against Corruption Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Nasimi District Court sentenced Avaz Zeynalli to 3 months in jail, and
on January 17th his term was extended for three months.