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Thursday, September 01, 2005


Azeri opposition leader to return from exile

From MosNews:

Exiled Azeri opposition leader Rasul Guliyev will return home to run in a November parliamentary election despite a warning from prosecutors he will be arrested, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors on Monday stripped Guliyev of the immunity he enjoys as a candidate in the vote, just two days after election officials had surprised his supporters by clearing him to run in the election.

Guliyev, a former parliamentary speaker who has lived in the United States since leaving Azerbaijan in 1996, is charged with embezzling state funds.

He was barred from taking part in previous elections.

Guliyev’s party on Tuesday filed an appeal in a Baku court against the prosecutors’ ruling stripping him of his immunity, Dzhalaloglu told Reuters.

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