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Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meet in Baku in 2016. (photo: president.az)

A new report has uncovered a $7 million payment from Azerbaijan into a Hungarian bank account, timed suspiciously closely to Budapest's extradition of a convicted axe-murderer to Baku, where he was given a hero's welcome and pardoned.

Research by Hungarian investigative journalism NGO Atlatszo.hu, along with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other media outlets, recently uncovered data showing how a $2.9 billion slush fund tied to Azerbaijan’s ruling elite had been used to promote Baku’s political objectives worldwide.

Some of these funds – totaling more than $7 million - reportedly made their way into account of the Budapest-based MKB Bank right around the time the government of Hungary handed convicted killer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan.

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Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer

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