Kyamran Makhmudov. Photo: RFE/RL

22 June 2017, 12:43

Journalist Kyamran Makhmudov reports details of his detention

Early in the morning, Azerbaijani journalist Kyamran Makhmudov has been detained at the border control and handed over to the Azerbaijani police. Later, the police released the journalist.

"I, together with my friend, advocate Djavid Rzazadeh were travelling to Georgia. At the passport control, border guards held me longer than usually. Then they took me to the chief of the border service shift. He told me that there was an order to detain me and transfer me to the police. By 5:00 a.m., I was already at the Gazakh District Police Department," Kyamran Makhmudov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Later, the journalist was informed that he had been detained under the warrant issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) on April 27, 2017.

"They did not clarify the reasons for the above decision. I cannot even guess about the reasons for issuing such a warrant. However, in our country, given the government's 'close attention' to journalists, everything can be expected," stated Kyamran Makhmudov.

He has emphasized that "over the past two years, he repeatedly left the country and never faced any problems." "I was never officially informed about the ban on leaving the country," Kyamran Makhmudov said.

The journalist intends to use legal means, including appeals to the court, to obtain explanations about the reasons for imposing on him a ban to leave the country and to seek the cancellation of that, according to him, "unreasonable decision."

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Faik Medzhid; Source: CK correspondent

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