INVESTIGATION ON AVAZ ZEYNALLI’S CASE CONCLUDES

April 16th, 2012
The Anti-Corruption Office announced the completion of the investigation into the case of Xural editor-in-chief Avaz Zeynalli, who is being held at Baku Investigative Prison, reported Zeynalli’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov to IRFS.

BACKGROUND

On October 28, the editor-in-chief of Khural newspaper Avaz Zeynalli was sentenced to 3 months of pre-trial detention by Nasimi District Court. A criminal case was launched against him under Article 311.3.3 (receiving a large bribe) and 311.3.4 (receiving a bribe through the use of threats) of the Criminal Code. The launch of criminal case stems from a complaint by ruling YAP MP Gular Ahmedova. Ahmedova has declared that the editor extorted money from her. However, international and local human rights organizations consider this charge to be politically motivated due to Zeynalli’s criticism of the ruling establishment. On December 1st, 2011, Nasimi District Court decided not to grant the motion requesting to replace Zeynalli’s arrest with house arrest or outright release on bail. On January 17, Zeynalli’s pre-trial detention was extended for another 3 months.