Prosecutor requests five-year sentence for detained editor of leading opposition newspaper

first_img April 9, 2021 Find out more February 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor requests five-year sentence for detained editor of leading opposition newspaper News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that a prosecutor has called for a five-year jail sentence for Ganimat Zahidov, the editor of one of the leading opposition dailies, Azadlig, on a charge of “aggravated hooliganism” under article 127.2.3 of the criminal code. Zahidov’s trial began in Baku on 8 January.“We do not understand the severity of the requested sentence, or that a two-year sentence has also been requested for Zahidov’s main accuser,” the press freedom organisation said. “All this reinforces our conviction that Zahidov is paying dearly for his Azadlig articles critical of the government and that the authorities are manipulating a suspicious incident.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We have the impression that this case is driven more by a desire for revenge than justice. Zahidov’s younger brother Sakit, who works for the same newspaper, was sentenced in October 2006 to three years in prison for drug possession at the end of a trial in which the prosecution failed to demonstrate that he possessed drugs.”The suspicious incident that led to Ganimat Zahidov’s arrest took place on 7 November. He was going up the steps leading into the building where the “Azerbaijan” publishing house is located when a young woman on the steps (subsequently identified as Sevgilade Guliyeva Azim Gizi, a person with a previous conviction for theft ) began to shout and accuse him of insulting her. At this point, a man subsequently identified as Vusal Hasanov grabbed Zahidov by the jacket and shouted: “Who are you to bother his girl?” Zahidov tried to push him away and the two men began to fight. When bystanders began siding with Zahidov, Hasanov and the young woman extricated themselves and left in a taxi together. Zahidov told Reporters Without Borders about the incident on the day it happened. He said he regarded it as deliberate provocation in retaliation for his articles accusing President Ilham Aliev’s wife of corruption or for articles about highway code violations by the president’s relatives.He was summoned by the police on 10 November and placed in preventive custody the next day. He has been held ever since. “We do not understand the severity of the requested sentence and it reinforces our conviction that Zahidov is paying dearly for his Azadlig articles critical of the government”, the press freedom organisation said. News Receive email alerts Organisation News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Newslast_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesian start-ups enjoy wave of funding, investment despite sluggish economy

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Eisya A. EloksariThe Jakarta Post/JakartaThe COVID-19 pandemic has put the global economy on a gloomy trajectory with small and established businesses alike hard hit. The government has slashed its GDP growth projection to between 0.4 and 2.3 percent this year, significantly lower than its initial estimate of 5.3 percent.However, a number of funding deals were announced throughout March and April despite the sluggish economy. Most of the deals were early or seed funding, signaling opportunities for start-ups to scale-up.Below are some of the start-up funding, venture capital investments and cohort programs announced during the two-month period.Peer-to-peer (P2P) lendingP2P lending platform Modalku announced it received US$40 million through its series C funding in late April.The cofounder & CEO of the lending platform, Reynold Wijaya, said the funds would … Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Log in with your social account Indonesia investment start-up venture-capital Modalku Investree Kargo Silicon-Valley Mandiri-Capital-Indonesia Googlelast_img read more

Sehwag applies for India coaching job

first_imgVIRENDER Sehwag, the former India batsman, has applied for the job of India coach, which will become vacant after Anil Kumble’s contract expires at the end of the ongoing Champions Trophy.Kumble is an automatic entry in the application process, but his chances of another term appear slim after the India captain Virat Kohli expressed reservations about his coaching methods to the BCCI.The other applicants are former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, former India medium pacer Dodda Ganesh, and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput, according to a PTI report.The next India coach will be chosen by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who comprise the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee.Sehwag, who had a 14-year international career, has no formal coaching experience apart from his team management roles with the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the IPL. In contrast, Moody has coached Sri Lanka, Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, and has had team management roles with English county Worcestershire and Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.Pybus has coached Pakistan twice, while Rajput is the present coach of Afghanistan. Ganesh has coached Goa for four years and is at present a selector for Karnataka in Indian domestic cricket. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Gyasi to officiate clash of the Hearts in Kpando

first_imgSamuel Gyasi has been appointed as the centre referee for Ghana Premier League match on Sunday between Heart of Lions and Hearts of Oak.The Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association announced the appointment of officials for the matches in the top-flight.Below is the list of referees and assistants for the match-day-67 fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.Saturday, October 19Match: King Faisal v MedeamaVenue: Baba Yara Stadium Referee: Joseph Lamptey Assistant 1: Lawrence Antwi Assistant 2: A. F. Zakari4th Official: Nuhu LimanMatch Commissioner: Asante Boateng Sunday, October 20Match: Hasaacas v Inter AlliesVenue: Essipon StadiumReferee: William Agbovi Assistant 1: Micheal Agbenizah Assistant 2: Paul Atimaka 4th Official: Isaac Quaye Match Commissioner: Kweku Eyiah Match: Berekum Chelsea v New EdubiaseVenue: Golden City Park Referee: Silas Okine Assistant 1: David AgyinAssistant 2: Kofi Asare4th Official: Samuel Lee Lee Match Commissioner: Alhaji Sadugu  Match: Heart of Lions v Hearts of OakVenue: Kpando ParkReferee: Samuel Gyasi Assistant 1: Alex Anning Assistant 2: Michael Asare  4th Official: Prince Amoah Match Commissioner: Eddie DokuMatch: Liberty v Aduana StarsVenue: Accra StadiumReferee: O. B. Amankwah Assistant 1: Osei Agyeman Assistant 2: Frank Bossman 4th Official: Fred Andoh Match Commissioner: Andrews TamakloeMatch: AshantiGold v DwarfsVenue: Len Clay Referee: Sylvester AdzokoAssistant 1: A. S. Malik Assistant 2: Ben Samari 4th Official: Samuel SukahMatch Commissioner: Inkoom Match: Bechem v Asante KotokoVenue: BechemReferee: Seidu BomisonAssistant 1: Eric NantiereAssistant 2: Ashong Ibrahim4th Official: E. R. BineyMatch Commissioner: Paul Ayamba Match: Amiduas v Wa All StarsVenue: Tema StadiumReferee: Ernest Baafi Assistant 1: Beatrice Thaud Assistant 2: Emmanuel Baah 4th Official: Patrick KyerematengMatch Commissioner: J. F. Mensahlast_img read more