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Journalist receives death threats following publication referring to high-ranking officials' crimes

(IRFS/IFEX) - "Nota Bene" newspaper journalist Faramaz Allahverdiyev (Novruzoglu), who was recently released from prison on a presidential pardon, has now received death threats related to his writing.

"On 10, 11, 12, and 13 February (2008) I received calls to my mobile phone from hidden numbers," Allahverdiyev told IRFS. "The calls came from different people; the voices were different. But the essence of the calls was (the) same; they all demanded that the publication of my novel 'Girl's Spring Tragedy,' which was printed in 'Nota Bene' after my release, be stopped. They threatened me with statements like 'The murderers of Elmar Huseynov haven't been found yet, yours will not be found either,' 'We can kidnap your children,' and so on."

Allahverdiyev has filed complaints about these calls with the Ministry of the Interior, the Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of National Security.

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