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In the recent interview with Bizim Yol newspaper on January 11, former MP Guler Ahmadova denied the claims that Khural newspaper chief editor Avaz Zeynalli was arrested after her complaint. According to Ahmedova, she is only a witness in this case, not a plaintiff. Meantime, Avaz Zeynalli’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov denied Ahmadova’s statement in an interview with the same newspaper. According to Sadigov, Zeynalli was arrested exactly after the claim filed by Ahmadova on October 19, 2011.
Background: Avaz Zeynalli, was arrested on October 28, 2011 following a lawsuit brought by MP Gular Ahmadova on October 19, 2011. The Anti-Corruption Office launched a criminal case against Zeynalli under article 311.3.3 (taking a large bribe) and article 311.3.4 (extortion). Later he was charged under article 306 (contempt of court) and article 213.1 (tax evasion). A large number of local and international human rights organizations strongly believe that the charges against Avaz Zeynalli are trumped-up and that he was arrested for his articles criticizing high-ranking state officials.