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"Azadlig" newspaper correspondent released after five-day detention

(IRFS/IFEX) - 22 April, 2009 - The appeal of "Azadliq" newspaper Ganja region correspondent Ershad Ibrahimov, who was arrested on 17 April, was considered on 22 April and the decision of Ganja City's Nizami District Court has been annulled. The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told by the journalist's lawyer Alayif Hasanov that Ibrahimov was released in the court hall.

Ibrahimov told IRFS that he was arrested due to his article "Eldar Azizov destroys greeneries in Ganja". According to the journalist, he was arrested by the Nizami District Police Department on orders of Ganja City Executive Administration Head Eldar Azizov after the article was published.

Ibrahimov added that a rash has broken out on his body and he was subjected to psychological pressure while he was held in the investigation department.

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