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Columnist gets two-year suspended sentence on questionable charge

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Controversial newspaper columnist Mahal Ismayiloglu was given a two-year suspended prison sentence on 1 July on a possibly trumped-up charge of violent behaviour towards the maid of a neighbour who is a senior interior ministry official. The Absheron district court (in a Baku suburb) also banned Ismayiloglu, who has a heart ailment, from leaving the country and ordered him to pay the maid 30 manat (26 euros) in damages. Reporters Without Borders doubts the veracity of the charges brought (...)

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