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Journalist Huseynov repatriated from Azerbaijan. A great coup of Swiss diplomacy

Emin Huseynov
source: EFJ

(B2) Azeri journalist Emin Huseynov, who had taken refuge for ten months in the Swiss embassy in Baku, has just been exfiltrated. He arrived during the night from Friday to Saturday at Belp airport (Bern), on the plane of Swiss Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter, who had participated, a few hours earlier, in the opening ceremony of the European Games. “ He was taken care of by collaborators of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. specify it communicated from the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs which announces the information.

Negotiation with the Azerbaijani authorities

No longer feeling safe at home, Huseynov had entered the Swiss embassy in Baku on August 18, 2014 posing as a Swiss citizen and had thus been able to escape the Azerbaijani police. " Switzerland, for humanitarian reasons, had authorized him to stay on the premises of the embassy until a satisfactory solution was found between him and the Azerbaijani authorities who wished to question him. »

Seven journalists in jail in Azerbaijan

It is " a great victory for press freedom defenders in Azerbaijan commented Ricardo Gutierrez, from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Corn " seven journalists still languishing in prison, in Azerbaijan, mostly on the basis of fabricated evidence ».


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).