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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 11
By Elmir Murad - Trend:
The statement by the Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland on the death of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev aims to politicize the criminal case, Hikmat Hajiyev, the head of the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, told Trend August 11.
He added that the late Rasim Aliyev's journalistic work was also incorrectly indicated in the said statement.
Hajiyev expressed regret that certain circles have become accustomed to deliberately politicizing every criminal case in Azerbaijan.
He also said the law enforcement agencies are continuing the necessary operational-investigative activities to investigate the criminal case on the journalist's death.
"The perpetrators of this criminal case will be punished by the court decision in line with law," said Hajiyev.
"Azerbaijani state's main objectives and priorities are to protect the rights and interests of citizens, the rule of law, the full provision of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom of media," he further said. "There is a close dialogue between state structures and civil society in Azerbaijan and this is clearly evident in the discussion of all important issues, including the human rights."
"The representatives of the Council of Europe also take part in the meetings characterizing such dialogue, and it is surprising that the secretary general of the Council of Europe is not aware of this," said Hajiyev.
"We urge the Council of Europe and other circles to stop the attempts of politicizing the tragedy that led to Rasim Aliyev's death, as well as the criminal case in this regard," he added.