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Afgan Mukhtarli sentenced to 6 years in prison

Afgan Mukhtarli sentenced to 6 years in prison

The Azerbaijani court sentenced journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to 6 year in jail, South Caucasus Director at Human Rights Watch Giorgi Gogia said in a Twitter post.

A public prosecutor who was given the floor during the trial sought 8 years for the journalist.

Mukhtarli fled from Azerbaijan to Georgia in 2014 following fear of persecution for his investigative journalism into corruption in the country's government.

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Afgan Mukhtarli is recognized as a political prisoner both by local and worldwide human rights groups.

Mukhtarli, who lived in self-imposed exile in Tbilisi, Georgia, went missing on May 29, 2017, and surfaced the following day in detention in his native Azerbaijan, regional and local media reported at the time.

The European Parliament, the US Department of State and number of worldwide watchdogs called for immediate and unconditional release of the journalist, citing risks of torture and other ill-treatment in a detention facility in Baku persecuting Mukhtarli exclusively for his work as a journalist. The Azerbaijani authorities charged him with crossing the border illegally while attempting to smuggle money, cash that the journalist insists was planted on him.


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