Azerbaijani politician arrested on corruption charge
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||14 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijani politician arrested on corruption charge, 14 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51276ede1c.html [accessed 27 January 2015]|
February 14, 2013
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