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Case of Khadija Ismayilova

Date: 2014-12-05

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Author: IDFI

Posted Category : Journalist,Governmental institutions,Other,Azerbaijan,

Investigative journalist and contributor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Khadija Ismayilova was arrested on December 5, 2014. She was accused of provoking a man to attempt suicide. She was sentenced to two months of pre-trial detention on the charge of Article 125 of the Criminal Code, accused of inciting her former colleague Tural Mustafayev to suicide. She has been secretly videotaped, publicly smeared, threatened, imprisoned, and accused of treason.  

In April 2015, Mustafayev revealed in an interview that he no longer wished to pursue a case against Ismayilova for allegedly inciting him to suicide. He stated that beginning in December 2014, he had contacted the Office of the Attorney General asking to withdraw his original complaint which he had filed while "going through psychologically difficult times". He denied being pressured by a third party into filing it, but did briefly mention that he was "detained" back in December soon after leaving a message on his Facebook page in which he expressed his intent to withdraw the complaint. Mustafayev's request was ignored, and he refused to comment on the reasons for this refusal.

On July 24, 2015 after seven months in jail, Khadija Ismayilova went on trial in Baku to face charges of libel, tax evasion, illegal business activity, and abuse of power. 

Her arrest was condemned by several international organizations and institutions such as Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the U.S. Department of State, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, etc.