Court did not satisfy journalist’s complaint against prosecutor’s office

“Azadlyg” newspaper employee Saadat Jahangir appealed to the court due to the prosecutor’s office ban imposed on her to leave the country . She considers the decision of the prosecutor’s office illegal, as she is not a suspect or accused in any criminal case. The journalist said that she was only questioned as a witness in the case of Niyameddin Ahmedov, an activist of the Party of People’s Front of Azerbaijan (PPFA); however, the investigation and trial had ended long ago.

On June 17, her complaint was heard in the Binagadi district court of Baku.

A representative of the prosecutor’s office said that although Akhmedov had already been convicted, but another case had been separated from his case and it had not been closed yet. Therefore, the ban on Jahangir should remain.

However, according to the journalist, the ban on the witness’s departure from the country is contrary to the law and the precedent decisions of the Strasbourg Court on Azerbaijan.

She intends to appeal against the decision of the Binagadi court and, having passed all the judicial instances in Azerbaijan, apply to the European Court of Human Rights.

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