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Nagorno Karabakh’s Ombudsman says Lapshin case to backfire and increase interest towards NK

Azerbaijan won’t succeed in making the case of blogger Alexander Lapshin a legal precedent because its underlying argument is unacceptable for any state or institution having democratic nature, Ruben Melikyan, Ombudsman of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said in a statement, responding to the extradition of Alexander Lapshin from Belarus to Azerbaijan.

Nagorno Karabakh’s Ombudsman says Lapshin case to backfire and increase interest towards NK

Nagorno Karabakh’s Ombudsman says Lapshin case to backfire and increase interest towards NK

STEPANAKERT, FEBRUARY 8, ARTSAKHPRESS: “By initiating the criminal prosecution of blogger Alexander Lapshin, Azerbaijan pursued a goal of silencing free speech regarding Nagorno Karabakh and intimidating people who desire to visit Nagorno Karabakh by forming a precedent.

After keeping the famous blogger Alexander Lapshin detained for over two month based on charges contradicting the very essence of fundamental human rights, Belarus extradited him to Azerbaijan on February 7.

Nevertheless, Azerbaijan won’t succeed in making the case of blogger Alexander Lapshin a legal precedent because its underlying argument is unacceptable for any state or institution having democratic nature.

Moreover, Lapshin’s case will become a reverse precedent – increasing the interest of lawyers honestly dedicated to the ideology of human rights and reporters honestly dedicated to the freedom of speech towards Nagorno Karabakh. I urge the structures of the Diaspora and the Armenian journalistic and attorney communities to get involved in the process of making the Lapshin case a reverse precedent”, he said.


     

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