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2022, 08 Dekabr, Cümə axşamı, Bakı vaxtı 12:50

Leyla Yunus And Husband Arif Yunus Leave Azerbaijan For Holland

Leyle Yunus and Arif Yunus with daugther Dinara Yunus

April 19, spokesperson for the Danish Foreign Ministry said, the couple will stay in the Netherlands for medical treatment. How long this stay would be however, the spokesperson said depends on the couple.

Leyla and Arif Yunus were arrested December 2014 and accused of tax evasion, abuse of power, illegal entrepreneurship and document fraud. Leyla Yunus was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison in August 2015, while her husband Arif Yunus was sentenced to 7 years.

The couple was released in December of last year after Baku court of Appeal changing the original sentence into suspended one.

In January, the couple requested to leave the country for medical treatment but the court in Baku denied the request.

So far no official explanation or a statement was issued by the Baku authorities.

The couple's lawyer Elchin Sadigov says he too does not have any further information. Speaking to AzadliqRadioasu Sadigov said he applied to the Supreme Court at the end of March to appeal the travel ban but he never received any more updates on the case. However the Supreme Court in an interview with AzadliqRadiosu said the decision was made to let the couple travel April 18.