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Court Denies Journalist’s Appeal against Travel Ban

Nasimi district Court, chaired by Judge Shalala Hasanova, heard journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi’s appeal against the international travel restrictions imposed on her on September 20, 2015. The journalist links the ban to the criminal case launched against Meydan TV. Speaking about the closed hearing on the journalist’s appeal, journalist’s lawyer Shahla Humbatova said Judge Shalala Hasanova dismissed the appeal by saying that it did not qualify

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Hearing on Khadija Ismayil’s Appeal to Decriminalize Illegal Business Charge against Her Postponed Indefinitely

Summary: Hearing 1 (July 18)  Journalist Khadija Ismayil made a speech at the hearing, seeking decriminalization of the penalty handed to her in accordance with Article 192 (illegal business) of the Criminal Code;  Public prosecutor asked the court to give him time for familiarization with the case, and the hearing was postponed indefinitely. Baku Grave Crimes Court, chaired by Judge Ramella Allahverdiyeva, heard investigative journalist Khadija

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Journalist Rasim Aliyev’s Murder: Footballer Javid Huseynov’s Appeal Being Heard

Summary: Hearing 1  At the court hearing, defendant Javid Huseynov’s lawyer Adam Mammadov lodged a motion to hear the appeal through a partial retrial, but the motion was turned down. Baku Court of Appeal, chaired by judge Hasan Ahmadov, held a preliminary hearing on the appeal filed by Gabala Football Club captain Javid Huseynov, who is charged under Articles 307.1 (failure to inform about a serious crime, despite of being aware of its preparation

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Tax Investigation against Journalist Temporarily Stopped

The extraordinary tax audit against freelance journalist Aynur Elgunash has been suspended until August 15, journalist’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). According to the lawyer, he has received a notification on the suspension of the audit. “Aynur Elgunash has presented all documents related to on-site tax inspection to Baku Taxes Department under the Ministry of Taxes. Yet, the illegally launched

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Journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu Stabbed in Assassination Attempt

Freelancer journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev) was stabbed on July 1, journalist’s son Elchibay Allahverdiyev reported. According to him, the incident occurred in a store near the metro station Ganjlik. The journalist had a surgery in City Clinical Hospital #1, and his treatment is ongoing. Faramaz Novruzoglu told IRFS that he suspected that the attack could have been provoked by his Facebook posts. “I have been writing posts about

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Court Does Not Allow Khadija Ismayil to Leave Country

Binagadi District Court of Baku, under chairmanship of Judge Rashad Aliyev, considered investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil’s request to let her travel abroad to attend an international event. Khadija Ismayil was arrested on 5 December 2014. She was initially charged under article 125 of the Criminal Code (inciting to suicide). Later, she faced new charges under articles 179 (misappropriation), 192.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.2 (tax evasion)

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Supreme Court Dismisses Khadija Ismayil’s Appeal in Defamation Case

Summary: Hearing 1  Khadija Ismayil’s lawyer Yalchin Imanov filed a verbal motion requesting that former chief of the Anti-Terrorism Center of the dissolved Ministry of National Security Elchin Guliyev, who is now arrested and held in Baku Detention Facility, to be summoned and interrogated as a witness. The motion was denied;  Khadija Ismayil’s lawyers Fariz Namazli and Yalchin Imanov made a speech in support of the cassational appeal,

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Journalist Khadija Ismayil Exempted from a Court Fine under Amnesty

A court fine imposed against Khadija Ismayil under Article 147.2 (libel) of the Criminal Code has fallen under amnesty, the journalist herself reported. “I have been amnestied today. The 2,500 AZN fine levied against me based on Elman Turkoglu’s complaint has fallen under amnesty. Today, they presented the amnesty decision to me at Binagadi Department for the Execution of Judgments, and closed the case,” Khadija Ismayil said. Recall that Elman

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Journalist Arshad Ibrahimov’s Sentence Cut to 5 Years

Supreme Court chaired by Judge Ilham Jafarov heard the appeal in journalist Arshad Ibrahimov’s criminal case, journalist’s lawyer Bahruz Bayramov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). According to the lawyer, at the hearing the court was asked to acquit the journalist. However, Supreme Court changed Ganja Appeal Court’s decision, by reducing Arshad Ibrahimov’s prison sentence from 10 years to 5 years. (more…)

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Court Proceedings Continue on Journalist’s Complaint Against Travel Ban

Nasimi District Court, chaired by Judge Babak Panahov, held a hearing on the complaint filed by Izolda Agayeva, a journalist who formerly collaborated with Meydan TV, requesting the invalidation of the travel ban prohibiting her from leaving the country. Journalist Izolda Agayeva was repeatedly interrogated at the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Main Organized Crime Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

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