EUROPEAN UNION BEGINS INVESTIGATION IN CONNECTION WITH AZERBAIJAN

August 20th, 2009
The European Broadcasting Union began an investigation in connection with the summoning of persons to the National Security Minister for voting for the Armenian singer during Eurovision Contest 2009.

“As the organizers of the competition, we are aware of accusations and rumors that took place in the media in connection with this issue,” European Broadcasting Union’s Eurovision Contest Head Svante Stockselius told Radio Liberty. “We began to investigate this last week. Our technical supporter will also participate in this investigation. We should give our Azerbaijani collaborator the opportunity to clear up this question. However, we will not comment on this issue until this investigation is over.”
Svante Stockselius emphasized that any party who violates the regulations can be fined or banned from participating in the competition for 3 years.
Azerbaijani citizen named Rovshan Nasirli told press that on 12 August he was called to the Nasimi District Department of NSM for voting for Armenian singer during Eurovision Contest 2009.Political scientist Arastun Orujlu’s 17 year old son was also summoned to the National Security Ministry on 6 August for voting for the Armenian singer during the 2009 Eurovision Contest. However, A.Orujlu did not permit his son to go there because they were not sent an official invitation.