Ukrainian Court Releases Azerbaijani Opposition Journalist
27 October, 2017

A Ukrainian court has released Azerbaijani opposition journalist Fikret Huseynli, who was detained earlier this month at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport.

Huseynli walked free on bail thanks to Ukrainian MP Mykola Knyazhitskiy and Borys Zakharov, director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union’s Advocacy Center, who have agreed to take responsibility for him.

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The journalist has already met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Azerbaijan and is currently at the Azerbaijani embassy, his lawyer, Dmytro Mazurok, told Hromadske.

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Mazurok also noted that the Azerbaijani extradition order on the journalist still stands and the prosecutor has 60 days make a decision on it.

Ukrainian border guards detained Huseynli at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport on October 14 on an Interpol warrant. On October 17, a Kyiv court ruled to hold the Azerbaijani journalist in custody for 18 days.  

Huseynli and rights defenders believe that the Azerbaijani government is pursuing the journalist for his oppositional views and political activism.  

Mazurok told Hromadske that extradition to Azerbaijan would be dangerous for Huseynli.

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