Andres Herkel welcomes Azerbaijani President’s last decree of pardon

Andres Herkel welcomes Azerbaijani President’s last decree of pardon
# 27 August 2008 12:48 (UTC +04:00)
Herkel welcomed the last decree of pardon signed by the President of Azerbaijan and releasing of Rasim Akbarov, whom PACE considers as political prisoner, by this order. “Rasim Akbarov has very serious health problems”. Herkel said it was not completely clear for him why Alexander Umyashkin was arrested.
The co-rapporteur said PACE mission would visit Baku on September 16-17 to evaluate pre-election atmosphere. Representatives of all PACE political groups are involved in 6-member evaluation mission.
The observation mission’s composition will be approved at the Council of Europe Bureau meeting on September 6.
30-member observation mission led by Herkel doesn’t include other co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan Bulgarian parliamentarian Eugenia Zivkova.
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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED