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Rauf Mirkadyrov must be acquitted!

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first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia An Azerbaijani court is finally due to issue a verdict tomorrow in the trial of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a leading independent journalist who has been detained since April 2014. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of the trumped-up charge of high treason and calls for his immediate release.Held behind closed doors in the capital, Baku, this sham trial is finally reaching its conclusion. The prosecutor requested a sentence of seven years in prison at the previous hearing on 16 December.“Like the trials of Khadija Ismayilova, Hilal Mammedov and so many others, Mirkadyrov’s trial has nothing to do with justice,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This journalist is the latest victim of President Ilham Aliyev’s witchhunt against his regime’s critics. We again urge the authorities to end this persecution and to free Mirkadyrov.”Based in Turkey for the previous three years, he was arbitrarily stripped of his residence permit and deported on 18 April 2014 to Azerbaijan, where he was jailed on arrival. Although his health declined in prison, he continued to be held pending his trial, which finally began in the middle of last month, 18 months after his arrest.A co-founder of the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, Mirkadyrov was also deputy editor of Monitor, a newspaper whose managing editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. At the time of his arrest, Mirkadyrov was a correspondent for Zerkalo, a newspaper that was forced to close a few months later after being economically throttled by the regime.For years, Mirkadyrov covered the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among civil society groups and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994. The authorities decided that these efforts constituted grounds for accusing him of “spying on behalf of Armenia.”Ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, Aliyev’s regime has been conducting an unprecedented crackdown on independent media outlets and human rights defenders for the past two years. News Organisation Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan December 22, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Rauf Mirkadyrov must be acquitted!last_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: PG target Alterique Gilbert chooses UConn

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first_imgThe 6-foot, 170-pound point guard had said Syracuse is his “dream school” in an interview with Scout.com’s Evan Daniels in May, but also said Syracuse had slowed his recruitment. Gilbert reportedly took his only official visit to UConn. The Orange’s slowing of its recruitment coincided with Class of 2016 guard Tyus Battle, also an SU target, decommitting from Michigan. Scout ranked the Miller Grove (Georgia) High School product 40th in the Class of 2016, 20 spots lower than Battle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU would have had 11 scholarship players listed for the 2016-17 season if Gilbert had committed, one more than the NCAA will allow Syracuse to have as a result of NCAA rules violations. A commitment from Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu filled SU’s last available scholarship in 2016-17 and put SU at 11 scholarships in 2015-16.In addition to Gilbert, Syracuse has offered guards Battle, Kobi Simmons and Kevin Huerter in the Class of 2016. Simmons and Huerter are ranked 5th and 63rd, respectively, by Scout. Battle reportedly made an official visit to Syracuse in late June after canceling his visit in May after initially committing to Michigan. Four-star power forward Matthew Moyer is SU’s only commit in the Class of 2016. Comments Published on July 4, 2015 at 9:19 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse Class of 2016 target Alterique Gilbert committed to Connecticut on Saturday, he announced via Twitter. Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse basketball recruiting: Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu to join Orangelast_img read more