Azerbaijani Opposition Party to be Evicted
Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 May / corr. Trend I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani opposition party Open Society will be evicted from its headquarters. Idris Quliyev, an owner of the premises for the party, told Trend that Open Society would vacate the office and return the keys.
Open Society functions at the headquarters located in Icheri Sheher ( Old City), Kichik Qala street 128. Quliyev is the son-in-law of Rasul Quliyev, the ex-speaker of the parliament. A disagreement between the ex-speaker and his son-in-law was the main reason for Quliyev's decision to evict the party from the building.
Quliyev said the lease signed with the head of the Open Society expires on 8 May. He repeatedly warned them of his decision not to extend the contract and for them to evacuate the premises.
Quliyev has no further plans to rent out the premises. "I will renovate this villa to move in with my family," he said.
Yaqub Abbasov, the deputy chairman of the Open Society, said that they would suggest to the owner of the premises to extend the lease. If this was unsuccessful they would then look for new premises.
The right wing opposition party Open Society was established in April 2008. The leader of the party is Rasul Quliyev, ex-speaker of Azerbaijan who is currently in emigration. The law-enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan have filed a lawsuit on Rasul Quliyev and announced an international search through Interpol. Though he is accused of embezzlement of government property, abuse of his power and expansion of his authorities, Quliyev denies all the charges.
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