INVESTIGATION INTO BEATING OF AGIL KHALIL BEING CARRIED OUT

February 25th, 2008
"Azadlig" newspaper correspondent Agil Khalil told the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety that an investigation into his beating is being carried out by Binegedi district Police Department #7.

He also emphasized that a criminal case has not yet been instituted in connection with the incident.  
A. Khalil said that in connection with this incident he visited the U.S. Embassy and met with US Embassy Adviser on Human Rights and Democracy Rebecca Naslund. According to the journalist, Naslund inquired about the exact details of the incident and said that the embassy will take this into consideration.     
According to "Mediaforum" site, Police Department #7 Investigator Elnur Aliyev said that the identity of one of the people who beat A. Khalil is known. E. Aliyev said that after they clarify the name of the second person the identities of these two people will be made public.  
Note: IRFS has placed on its website www.irfs.az secretly recorded footage of Agil Khalil getting beat up. The footage can also be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=422fu6Xn6P0 .