19 Jun 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 19 Jun 2019 Azerbaijan

Journalist Polad Aslanov Arrested, Jailed and Charged with High Treason

1 Journalist in detention
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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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On 14 June 2019, the Sabail district court in Baku ordered Polad Aslanov, chief editor of independent news websites Xeberman and Press-az, to remain in detention for four months pending an investigation on charges of high treason following his arrest on 12 June 2019, according to his lawyer, Elchin Sadygov. If found guilty, he could be jailed for life, in accordance with Article 274 of the Azerbaijani criminal code. Azerbaijani authorities had arrested Aslanov with his wife and daughter at a border crossing on 12 June, when he attempted to enter Iran to attend a friend's wedding, according to the regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel. The following day, the state security service had issued a statement accusing Aslanov of conspiring to sell secret information to foreign governments and publishing anti-government statements online. His wife and daughter were released after being briefly detained, and authorities had confiscated Aslanov's camera, computer and phone, according to Kavkazsky Uzel. Sadygov said Aslanov denied the charges and believed they were in retaliation for the his criticism of public officials and laws. Sadygov also said the journalist was preparing to publish an investigation into alleged corruption in the tourism sector involving high-ranking government officials before his arrest.
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Polad Aslanov
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