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Azerbaijani politician arrested on corruption charge

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 14 February 2013
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February 14, 2013

Gular AhmadovaGular Ahmadova

An Azerbaijani politician expelled from the ruling party after being implicated in a corruption scandal has been arrested.

The Sabail District Court in Baku ordered Gular Ahmadova to be held in pretrial detention for up to two months.

The Prosecutor-General's Office announced late on February 13 that Ahmadova will be charged with abuse of public office in order to commit embezzlement.

In September, a video appeared online showing Ahmadova, a parliamentary deputy with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, discussing the size of a bribe required to secure a seat in parliament.

The incident allegedly took place in 2005.

Although corruption is said to be rampant in Azerbaijan, the high-profile exposure of public figures is rare.

Ahmadova faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

Based on reporting by AP and RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

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