EU issues statement on arrest of Tofig Yagublu and Ilgar Mammedov

EU issues statement on arrest of Tofig Yagublu and Ilgar Mammedov
# 09 February 2013 15:31 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Victoria Dementieva - APA. The spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative and the Commissioner are concerned that Mr. Tofig Yagublu, newspaper columnist and deputy chairman of opposition party “Musavat” and Mr. Ilgar Mammedov, leader and Presidential candidate of the Republican Alternative party, were arrested on 4 February and given a two month pre-trial detention by an appeal court on 8 February.

The High Representative and Commissioner Füle urge Azerbaijan to ensure a speedy, fair, transparent and independent investigation of the charges.

The High Representative and Commissioner Füle also invite Azerbaijan to review urgently charges imposed against participants in a demonstration held on 26 January in Baku.

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