: RFE/RL: Radio Liberty journalist Ismayilova ordered released from custody

17:32 May. 25, 2016

RFE/RL: Radio Liberty journalist Ismayilova ordered released from custody

Khadija Ismayilova speaks at the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards hosted by the International Women's Media Foundation on October 29, 2012. (AP Photo)

Ismayilova was accused of abuse of position, tax evasion; sentenced in 2015

Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has ordered that RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova be released from custody after reducing her prison term from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years. 
 
The court made the decision on May 25 after hearing an appeal by the journalist.
 
"This is a great day for Khadija, and for all journalists and for free speech everywhere," RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said. "We are overjoyed for Khadija and her family and can't wait for her to get back to work."

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