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Ismayilova Suggests Azerbaijani Court Rushing Toward Verdict

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BAKU -- A Baku court has pressed ahead with the trial of Khadija Ismayilova, shrugging off the absence of the investigative journalist's lawyers and her call for a slower pace.
 
Ismayilova, an RFE/RL contributor who has won awards for her coverage of official corruption in oil-rich Azerbaijan, is being tried on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, and abuse of power that she says are politically motivated.
 
Some of her lawyers did not show up for the hearing on August 11, prompting a warning from the judge that they would be "punished."
 
Ismayilova protested, saying the attorneys had told the judge in advance that they would be unable to attend due to commitments in other cases.
 
She also suggested the court was rushing toward a verdict, saying that daily hearings on weekdays were preventing her from getting the two hours of exercise outdoors to which she is entitled by law.
 

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Ismayilova Suggests Azerbaijani Court Rushing Toward Verdict

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