12 Dec 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Feb 2017 n° 18/2017 Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Journalist Elchin Ismayilli Sentenced to 9 year in Prison
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On 17 February 2017, Elchin Ismayilli, founder and editor of Kend.info, an on-line news portal known for its reporting on corruption and human rights violations in the Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan, was detained by police. He is accused of threatening a local government employee, and has been charged with extortion and abuse of a position of influence. Ismayilli denies all the charges. On 18 February, the Nasimi District court sentenced Ismayilli to pre-trial detention for an initial period of 24 days. Ismayilli is currently being held in the Kurdakhani pretrial detention centre.
20 Nov 2018
On 20 November 2018, considering the cassation appeal of journalist Elchin Ismayilli, the Supreme Court reduced his term of imprisonment from 9 to 7 years, dropping the charges under Art. 308 (abuse of power) and 311. (receiving a bribe) of the Criminal Code.
20 Dec 2017
Elchin Ismayilli's appeal was rejected by Appeal Court in Baku later in 2017.
18 Sep 2017
On 18 September 2017, the Sheki Court for Grave Crimes sentenced Elchin Ismayilli to 9 years imprisonment. The court found him guilty under articles 182 (extortion of money by threats), 308 (abuse of office) and 311 (bribery) of the Criminal Code.
03 Aug 2017
Elchin Ismaylli`s preliminary investigation ended on 3 August 2017, but new charges of bribery were brought against him. He is now facing a jail sentence from 8 to 12 years.
03 Mar 2017
On 3 March 2017 Elchin Ismaylli`s pre-trial detention time was extended to three more months.
12 Dec 2019
In her report following her visit to Azerbaijan from 8 to 12 July 2019, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights regrets that no progress has been made regarding the protection of freedom of expression and calls on the authorities to release all those detained because of the views they expressed, notably journalists.
Journalists in detention