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RFE/RL Journalist on Trial in Baku Denounces 'Politically Motivated' Charges

A criminal trial opened Friday in Baku against Azerbaijani award–winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, a contributor to RFE/RL. She said she was innocent and declared the case against her “politically motivated.” Asked whether she objected to the judges hearing her case, Ismayilova said: “I know that you will make a decision based on orders. All judges here are like you. Therefore it does not matter who is the judge in these proceedings.” She was placed in a glass cage...

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