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Official: Organizers, executors of anti-Azerbaijan campaign to face legal proceedings

Legal proceedings will be launched against organizers and executors of anti-Azerbaijan campaign, Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov told Trend on February 14.

Hasanov made the remarks commenting on the acquittal decision of an Italian court regarding Luca Volonte, the former chair of the European People’s Party group in PACE, who was accused of corruption ties with Azerbaijan.

The Feb. 13 decision of the Milan court confirmed that information disseminated through a structure called Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), established in mid-2017 for opaque and well-known purposes upon order of anti-Azerbaijan networks and centers, is unfounded and biased, and also confirmed that this is aimed at tarnishing Azerbaijan’s healthy international image, Hasanov said.

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Hasanov noted that by such numerous forged reports, anti-Azerbaijan networks and centers want to turn Azerbaijani state, as well as prominent public figures, experts, journalists and others, who have friendly relations with the country, into objects of condemnation.

“It is no coincidence that the OCCRP article titled “The Azerbaijani Laundromat” was promptly replicated by the global media, authorities of certain countries got interested in this issue and special investigation was launched regarding the persons mentioned in the article, including Luca Volonte, who allegedly received $2.64 million from Azerbaijan,” Ali Hasanov said.    Read more