Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Remains Under Travel Ban


The Supreme Court, chaired by Judge Ilgar Gilijov, heard investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s appeal against her travel ban. The Court denied the journalist’s appeal. Khadija Ismayilova declared the decision was unfounded, and stated her intention to submit an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

On 25 May 2016, the Azerbaijani Supreme Court released Ismayilova on probation. She had been in prison since December 2014.
The Court reversed Ismayilova’s convictions on charges of misappropriation of property and abuse of position, but upheld her convictions for illegal entrepreneurship and tax evasion.
The Court commuted her sentence to a three-and-a-half-year suspended term. On 8 August, Ismayilova’s suspended sentence was reduced to two years and three months.

Under the terms of her probation, Ismayilova is required to reside in Baku and is forbidden from traveling abroad for five years without official permission.
On 28 June 2016, Binagadi District Court denied the journalist’s request to leave the country. Ismayilova appealed this decision. On 15 August 2016, Baku Court of Appeal rejected the journalist’s appeal and upheld the Binagadi District Court’s decision.

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