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Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova's Trial Begins in Baku

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BAKU -- Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova went on trial on August 7 in a packed courtroom in Baku, facing charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, and abuse of power that she says are politically motivated punishment for her dogged reporting.
 
Dozens of activists, journalists, and some members of the diplomatic corps -- eager to monitor the trial of a journalist who has reported extensively on official corruption in tightly controlled, oil-rich Azerbaijan -- were unable to get inside the courtroom.
 
The trial comes eight months after the arrest of Ismayilova, a contributor to RFE/RL. Rights groups and Western governments have urged her release from pretrial detention, calling the case part of a persistent campaign by long-ruling President Ilham Aliyev's government to silence dissent.
 
Ismayilova's relatives were not allowed to be present in the courtroom, and journalists were also kept out. Aside from participants in the process, only some representatives of foreign embassies were allowed to attend.
 

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Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova's Trial Begins in Baku

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