Group of journalists charged with blackmailing Azerbaijani businessmen detained (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 29 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/
Businessmen Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Rufat Gurbanov, Zefa Masimov, Isgandar Huseynov and Rovshan Babayev of Guba region appealed to the Interior Ministry Central Department for Combating Organized Crime and complained of journalists who blackmail them to get money.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Shahlar Valiyev, Eldar Asgarov, Sayad Asgarov and Nushaba Gasimova, who posed as journalists, threatened businessmen to disseminate discrediting news about cafes Gubba, Ramin, Gosha Chinarm Afsana and Rustam owned by the businessmen. They demanded businessmen to pay 1,000 manat each, the Interior Ministry press service said.
Shahlar Valiyev and Eldar Asgarov pleaded guilty.
The investigation revealed that editor-in-chief of Yeni Azerbaijan Dunyasi newspaper, Shahlar Valiyev, of Sumgayit city, and editor-in-chief of Gunashli Azerbaijan and Qanun ve Gercheklik newspapers, of Shirvan city, were engaged in blackmail against local businessmen.
A suit has been filed over article 182.2.1 (blackmail by organized group) of the Penal Code. An investigation is underway.
The Central Department for Combating Organized Crime asks citizens who were blackmailed by Valiyev and Asgarov, to appeal to the department.
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