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Alert created on: 03 Mar 2017 n° 25/2017 Azerbaijan

Twelve Years of Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Elmar Huseynov

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CategoryImpunity for murder
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On 2 March 2005, Elmar Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist working for Monitor magazine, was gunned down in front of his apartment in Baku following a planned attack. The journalist had received many threats related to his work before the killing actually took place. In April 2005, Azerbaijani investigators announced the identification of six Georgian suspects related to this murder, which was requalified from "premeditated murder" to an "act of terrorism" aiming to destabilise the country. Although President Ilham Aliyev promised to find and to punish the mastermind behind the murder of the journalist, twelve years later, the authorities have not been able to bring anyone to justice for this case.
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13 Apr 2017
On 13 April 2017, the ECHR delivered its judgment in the case Huseynova v. Azerbaijan, finding violation of Article 2 (right to life/investigation).
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