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Monday, June 06, 2005


Azerbaijan: Opposition leader's relative arrested

From BBC News:

A British woman has been detained in Azerbaijan after the authorities said a pistol was found in her luggage.
Almas Guliyeva, 46, is married to the nephew of the chairman of an opposition party in the former Soviet Republic.

She was held was during a check at Baku airport on Friday after attending a relative's funeral in the country.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that Mrs Guliyeva, who lives in north London with her two sons, has been detained and they are seeking access to her.

Customs officers found a pistol in her luggage as she tried to board a plane back to London, the authorities in Azerbaijan said.

Her son, Ilkin Guliyev, 19, told BBC News she had been framed.

"I believe it was politically motivated," he said.

"She is a mother of two, she has got a nine-year-old son - she would not in her right mind carry a gun on board a plane.

"My uncles have been imprisoned in the past... and in this case I believe my mum was part of that, she was part of the game.

"She was framed for it so they can get to my family."

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