18 Sep 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Feb 2017 Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Journalist Elchin Ismayilli Sentenced to 9 year in Prison

1 Journalist in detention
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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Partner Article 19 AEJ EFJ/IFJ Index
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.
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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
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Elchin Ismayilli
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