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Alert created on: 15 Apr 2019 n° 32/2019 Azerbaijan

Anar Mammadov Gets Suspended Prison Sentence

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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On 18 March 2019, Anar Mammadov, the editor of the Criminal.az website, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison with a two-year probation period. The Baku Court for Serious Crimes found Mammadov guilty of making public calls against the state, abuse of professional duties and forgery. Mammadov insisted that his website reposted only articles by other sources and agencies. The investigation of the Mammadov's case began in 2018 after the Prosecutor-General’s Office accused him of distributing false information regarding the attack against the mayor of Ganca, and a massive power outage following the explosion at a thermal power station in Mingacevir. During the two-year probation period, the journalist is banned from changing his place of residence and leaving the country.
27 Feb 2020
On 25 February 2020, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan, considering the cassation appeal of Anar Mammadov, upheld the lower court’s verdict. The Court re-qualified one of the charges and reduced the probation term by three months. Mammadov intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
06 Jun 2019
On 4 June 2019, the Baku Court of Appeal upheld the verdict. The defence intends to file a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan.
04 Jun 2019
On 4 June 2019, Anar Mammadov is set to appear in a Baku court to appeal his conviction on false news, anti-state and other charges, for which he was given a suspended sentence of five and a half years in jail.
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.
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