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Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

Azerbaijani journalist Leyla Mustafayeva

Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva, wife of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, has fled Georgia and received temporary asylum in Germany via the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, a media-rights watchdog based in Leipzig.

Mustafayeva told Tamada Tales she has been facing a campaign of intimidation in Georgia after her husband was allegedly abducted from Georgia and delivered to Azerbaijan in May. Mukhtarli was looking into business dealings by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s family in Georgia; a task which put him up against arguably the most repressive regime in the South Caucasus.

Mustafayeva took over his work after Mukhtarli was put in prison in Baku, where he has been in pre-trial detention for over four months. On October 13, that term was extended, the government-aligned APA news service reported.

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Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

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