Amal Clooney: We will obtain the release of Khadija Ismailova
Amal Clooney, a lawyer of the convicted known Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismailova, is hoping to win a case against the government of Azerbaijan in the European Court of Human Rights, Clooney said in an interview with the announcer of the CNN Christiane Amanpour.
Asking the questions about the charges against Ismailova, Amal Clooney stated that the charges relate to alleged tax evasion, misappropriation and abuse. "However, the true reason is the exposure of corruption of Aliyev’s regime." In the beginning they tried to accuse her of incitement to suicide, and then put forward other groundless accusations, the lawyer said. "I do not lose hope for a just solution to the European Court. Many non-governmental organizations will join the process," she said. Clooney expressed the hope that she will achieve the liberation of Ismailova, and will meet with her.
Khadija Ismailova was arrested on December 5, 2014, and later was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. "Amnesty International" and other international organizations have recognized her a prisoner of conscience.
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