‘Bizim Yol’ Newspaper’s Employee Arrested for Extortion
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / The Azerbaijani Prosecutor's Office reported that Mushvig Huseynov, an employee of the Bizim Yol newspaper, was arrested for extortion.
Huseynov was detained on 24 July by the officials of the Azerbaijani National Security Ministry and was delivered to Sabail District Court. Huseynov was sentenced to three months of imprisonment by the decision of the Court. Vugar Aliyev, the head of the press-service of the Prosecutor's Office, has stated that the journalist demanded a bribe from Rizvan Aliyev, the head of the Labour and Social Protection of Population Ministry, in order not to publish embarrassing articles about the Ministry.
Huseynov was arrested in the 'Gurd Gapisi' restaurant, situated in the Yasamal district on 24 July at 15:00 after taking a $35,000 bribe from the employee of the Labour and Social Protection Ministry.
A criminal case has been filed over the fact. Huseynov is charged with in accordance with Article 311.1 (bribery) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Aliyev did not comment which body held the operation and where Huseynov is being kept.