By Nathan Goldman
The criminal libel trial of Khadija Ismayilov, an investigative journalist and OCCRP partner, is ongoing in Baku, Azerbaijan. A travel ban preventing her from leaving the country remains in effect.
The case is a private prosecution brought by Elman Hasanov, who claims that Ismayilova published two defamatory documents about him on her Facebook page earlier this year.
Hasanov alleges that one document said that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security (MNS) used a sex tape to blackmail him into becoming a paid informant for them, and the other was a report that claimed he had raped a woman in 1992 and used connections to have the charges dropped, after which the victim committed suicide.