Employees of Azerbaijani National Security Ministry and Prosecutor General’s Office Arrest Journalist for Taking $3,500 Bribe (video)
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / The Azerbaijani National Security Ministry (NSM) and Prosecutor General's Office arrested Huseyinov Mushvig Tofikoglu, the editor of Our Way newspaper, for taking a $3,500 bribe. Aliyev Rizvan Bayramguluoglu, the head of the Department of the Labour and Social Protection of the Population Ministry, reported about Mushvig to NSM. Mushvig demanded $3,500 in a bribe in exchange for not publishing information about the officials of the Ministry. The series and numbers of the bank notes totalling $3,500 were sprayed with a special substance and marked with the word 'bribery' with a special pencil, which can only be read by ultra-violet rays.
The protocol was developed with the participation of witnesses in compliance with the fact. NSM and the Prosecutor General's Office noted that the operation's success is a result of joint operative measures conducted by employees of the aforesaid offices. Huseyinov was arrested for taking the bribe in 'Gurd Gapisi' restaurant in the Yasamal District of Baku on 24 July 2007. After the arrest, it was revealed that the $3,500 bribe was the same money which had been marked with the word 'bribery'. As a result of an examination of Huseyinov's apartment, his PC, with the articles about the officials of the Azerbaijani Labour and Social Protection of the Population was seized.
Huseyinov was arrested on 24 July by law enforcers for taking a $3,500 bribe from an official of the Labour and Social Protection of the Population Ministry. A criminal case has been filed over the fact in accordance with Article 311.1 (bribe taking) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Huseyinov was sentenced to three months in prison by the decision of the Nasimi District Court. Information was spread by some press representatives, as Huseyinov's arrest was due to his professional activities, particularly regarding factual articles on corruption, was unapproved in the statements of his counterparts.