Several opposition and independent candidates have claimed to have been prevented from registering for 9 February’s snap parliamentary elections. Other opposition figures have reported facing pressure from the authorities to withdraw. [Read more…]
The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has urged the government of Azerbaijan to abide by its obligations and remove all restrictions on ReAl party leader Ilgar Mammadov and seven others who were determined to be falsely imprisoned. [Read more…]
An Azerbaijani court has overturned the prison sentence of Ilgar Mammadov, chair of the opposition Republican Alternative Movement (REAL). On Monday, Shaki Court of Appeals replaced his two remaining years in prison with a suspended prison term and a ban on leaving the country. Mammadov had already served 5 years in prison. [Read more…]
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have demanded a ‘comprehensive investigation’ into the ‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’, a journalistic investigation which revealed a $2.9 billion laundering scheme allegedly operated by the Azerbaijani authorities and used to bribe high level European figures.