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Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

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If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs well for Khadija Ismayilova's appeal for prison release.
 
The RFE/RL investigative journalist is challenging her 7 1/2-year sentence for tax evasion before the Azerbaijani Supreme Court on May 25, just three days before the country celebrates its annual Republic Day with a mass amnesty, proposed by the country's first lady, that anticipates the release of some 3,500 prisoners convicted of minor crimes. Although Ismayilova's criminal conviction makes her ineligible for the pardon, there is speculation that she may benefit from the confluence of events.
 
Ismayilova's appeal also follows a snap presidential pardon in March of 14 political prisoners, including human rights activist Rasul Jafarov and members of the N!DA pro-democracy youth movement. A 15th prisoner, human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, was released less than two weeks later.
 

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Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

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