In a statement issued through the spokesperson of the European External Action Service, the EU has raised the issue of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, his recent sentencing and his alleged abduction in Georgia
The statement says:
The six-year sentence handed down to Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli by a court in Balakan on 12 January poses serious questions as regards the exercise of fundamental rights including the freedom of expression and media and due process of law in Azerbaijan.
"The alleged abduction of Mr Mukhtarli in Georgia followed by his arrest and prosecution in Azerbaijan continues to demand thorough and transparent investigation.
"All cases of incarceration related to the exercise of fundamental rights should be reviewed urgently by Azerbaijan, followed by the release of all those concerned, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments", the statement said.
source: commonspace.eu with the press service of the European External Action Service
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