Influential American senator Marco Rubio called on the Azerbaijani authorities to drop all charges against the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly.
“Azerbaijan continues to flagrantly suppress journalists and freedom of speech. I call on the Azerbaijani government to remove all accusations from the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly,” the senator wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
It should be reminded that the political emigrant Mukhtarli was abducted by the Georgian police in Tbilisi and handed over to law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan on the border of the two countries.
Later Mukhtarly was accused of smuggling and illegal crossing of the border. He faces up to 5 years in prison.