Azerbaijani court rules to release journalist Rauf Mirkadirov
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17
The Baku Court of Appeals has reviewed the decision of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes, which earlier sentenced journalist Rauf Mirkadirov to six years in prison.
The Court of Appeals conditionally sentenced Mirkadirov to five years.
The journalist has been released in the courtroom.
Earlier, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Mirkadirov to six years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony. Mirkadirov appealed the court's verdict.
Rauf Mirkadirov was detained on April 19, 2014 in Turkey and was deported to Azerbaijan.
He was detained on suspicion of cooperation with Armenian intelligence services since April 2008 and holding repeated meetings in Armenia, Georgia and Turkey, informing about the situation in socio-political and military spheres of the country, providing photos and schemes, as well as revealing state secrets under their instructions.
He was accused of high treason.