Journalist Zamin Haji Summoned to Baku City Main Police Department


Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist Zamin Haji has been summoned to Baku City Main Police Department (BCMPD). The journalist was accompanied to BCMPD by attorney Elchin Sadigov and Yeni Musavat lawyer Vagif Huseyn.

According to Zamin Haji, he was received by Nazim Ismayilov, Chief of Investigation Department of MCMPD.

“They expressed disapproval of my posts ‘casting a shadow over the activity of the police’. On the day of anniversary of writer Rafig Tagi’s death (November 23), I wrote a post on Facebook on unsolved murders. My post read as follows: ‘Almost nobody has been punished for the murders and acts of terrorism committed in Azerbaijan over the past 26 years. A short list of these events just off the top of my head: January 20; Khojali; November 20 helicopter downing; Ziya Bunyadov’s murder; Air Force Commander Rail Rzayev’s murder; journalist Elmar Huseynov’s murder; journalist-writer Rafig Tagi’s murder; etc. (you may continue the list in the comment section). How can one speak about stability and state building in a country like this, when these crimes remain unpunished”.

The Yeni Musavat columnist added that he had engaged in a polite debate with police officers, listened to their arguments and defended his own views.

The columnist was first summoned to BCMPD several months ago, when he received a similar warning based on a Facebook post.

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