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Azerbaijan: Detained election watchdog chief must get fair trial

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan: Detained election watchdog chief must get fair trial 17 December 2013 The Azerbaijani authorities must ensure a prompt and fair trial for the chairman of a well-respected election watchdog who was arrested yesterday, Amnesty International said as European leaders signed a major energy deal in the capital Baku.A Baku court has ordered that Anar Mammadli, head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) serve three months of pre-trial detention pending his trial on charges of “illegal enterprise”, “abuse of authority” and tax evasion.EMDS…

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