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Director of “Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Security” (IRFS), Emin Huseynov, has been forced to hide at the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku since August 11, 2014. He has sought refuge after the office of IRFS was searched on August 8, 2014 by law-enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan. As a result of the search an inventory of documents and office supplies of the organization was made, and the office was sealed. The web-site of the organization was also suspended.
After Huseynov went into hiding, he was accused of various criminal charges including tax evasion, illegal business and abuse of authority. Admittedly, this was not the first fact of Huseynov’s controversy against the Azerbaijani authorities. Emin Huseynov had major health problems in the past, some of them originating from beatings by the police in 2003 and 2008, which had severe consequences for him.
In July, 2015 after spending 10 months sheltering in the Swiss embassy, Emin Huseynov flew out of Azerbaijan on the plane of Switzerland’s foreign minister, Didier Burkhalter, after months of negotiations with the Azeri government.