October 7th, 2009

An unidentified person has been continuing to call The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Nakhchivan Regional Correspondent Elman Abbasov`s home phone number and threaten him with death, and use inappropriate language against him and his family.

“Although calls ceased during the summit of Heads of Turkish language States in Nakhchivan, the threatening calls started to come on 4 October,” said Abbasov. “The person calls and threatens me and my family using inappropriate language in Persian or Iranian Azerbaijani dialect. I don’t believe that the calls are coming from abroad, because it is easy to understand that the calls are not coming from abroad. Although the police claim that the calls come from abroad, they don’t want to give me the number.
On 5 October E.Abbasov went to the Nakhchivan Police Department and informed the police of the incident and inquired with them about his complaint regarding the incident that happened on 23 September. However, he was not given any official response. The police told him that his home phone has been taken under supervision.
An unidentified person has been calling IRFS Nakhchivan Regional Correspondent Elman Abbasov’s home phone number, threatening him with death, and using inappropriate language against him and his family. The employees of the Nakhchivan City Police Office reported that the telephone number of the unknown person who is calling him was identified partially. According to the police, calls came from the United States of America.
On 6 March 2007 IRFS Nakhchivan regional correspondent Elman Abbasov received a threatening call into his mobile phone. A person who was speaking in Russian said that he would behead him.  On 30 January 209 Sadarak region resident who introduced himself as Malik Ailyev insulted Elman Abbasov and his colleague Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, and said that he would kill them. Official appeals were made to the Nakhchivan Internal Affairs Ministry, Prosecutor’s Office and the National Security Ministry regarding both issues, but nothing was done.