Azerbaijan: Preliminary Hearing July 22 for OCCRP Partner Ismayilova
At the July 22 hearing, prosecutors are expected to announce which charges they wish to prosecute. Preliminary hearings in Azerbaijan normally are held to confirm the judges and lawyers for the case and to hear pre-trial motions.
Ismayilova has denied all the charges, which human rights groups denounce as a politically motivated attempt to silence her and intimidate other journalists. Ismayilova has written investigative articles about corruption in the Azerbaijani government, including family members of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Until her arrest, Khadija Ismayilova worked as a journalist at the local office of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It has since been shuttered.