Khadija Ismayilova's Sentence Suspended After Supreme Court Decision
Khadija Ismayilova was arrested December 5, based on article 125 of the Criminal Court (inciting to suicide).
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On May 25, following Supreme Court Decision journalist Khadija Ismayilova's sentence was suspended. Acquitted of article 179 (appropriation) and 308 (abuse of power), Ismayilova is still facing charges of illegal entrepreneurship, and tax evasion.
On September 1, the Baku Court for Grave Crimes sentenced Khadija Ismayil to 7 years and 6 months in jail. She was acquitted for the "incitement to attempt suicide" charge and found guilty on charges of tax evasion, embezzlement and misappropriation, abuse of power, and illegal enterpreneurship.
On February 23, under the decision handed by the Binegedi District Court Judge Sedreddin Haciyev, investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was found guilty based on the article 147.2 of the Criminal Code (slander). She was fined in the amount of 2,500Manat.
On February 13, Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General Office issued a series of additional charges against an award- winning investigative reporter Ismayilova. She is facing up to 19 years if convicted for embezzlement, tax evasion, illegal business and abuse of power.
On January 27, Sabail District Court ruled to keep Khadija Ismayil in jail for another two months. On February 5, her two-months sentence was going to finalize.
Azerbaijani government claimed there were no political motives in Ismayilova's case.
Azadliq Radio believes Ismayilova's arrest is the result of her work, investigating illegal businesses of Azerbaijani government officials.
Ismayilova, journalist and host of daily show After Work was arrested December 5 by the order of the Sabail District Court of Baku on charges brought by the prosecutor office.
She was sentenced to two months of pre-trial detention based on Article 125 of the Criminal Code (inciting to suicide) on December 5.
Her apartment was searched on December 6.
This is live blog of RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service with the most recent updates on the case.
NOTE*: Timestamps are local time in Baku
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Tural Mustafayev's video confession: he says he was forced to testify against Khadija Ismayilova
The video you can watch below was made by Tural Mustafayev, the man many know as Khaidja Ismayilova's accuser. The infamous charge "incitement to suicide" was what got Ismayilova arrested on December 5 2014.
In the video message Mustafayev confesses that he was forced to write the letter of complaint and that his attempt to suicide had nothing to do with Khadija Ismayilova.
Here is a brief summary of what he says:
"On October 20, I drank poison with an intention to commit suicide. With the help of Samira Agayeva I was rescued.
The Baku City Prosecutor office used this opportunity and made it look as if I committed suicide because of Khadija.
I was forced to write the letter. They blackmailed me. They said they will release secret camera recordings of my apartment if I didn’t comply.
On December27, as I tried to leave the country I was stopped by the border police and told I had a travel ban.
The same day I was brought to baku and kept under house arrest until February 14. In the meantime both my facebook and email accounts were hacked.
I was beaten and then placed by force into a rehabilitation center for mentially ill by the special forces of Azerbaijan.
I want everyone to know that I have no complaints against Khadiaj. And that I was forced to write the letter."