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Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) colleague Mehman Huseynov was taken to Narimanov Police Station in Baku today. Giving information regarding the events to RFE/RL Azerbaijani service, Mehman Huseynov said that he was questioned about the “11 March – Great People’s Day in Azerbaijan” campaign on Facebook at the police station.
Mehman Huseynov says that prior to this some plainclothes men followed him, and took him and the driver out of the car and lead them into their own vehicle on 7 March at around 16:00, when they had stopped at the traffic lights near “Ganjlik” metro station.
According to Mehman Huseynov, staff at the criminal investigations department questioned him about his handing out campaign-related leaflets on 6 March, and about other organizers of the capmaign: “They asked me my address and phone number and let me out.”
He added that he would make a decision about the steps he will take about being taken to the police after he consults a solicitor.
Orkhan Mansurzada, Head of the Press Office department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, tells RFE/RL that nobody is taken to police stations for stating their opinions in the press, and that statements regarding threats are groundless.