Azerbaijani Journalist Arrested in Tbilisi, Taken to Baku

Journalist Afghan Mukhtarli's lawyer Nemat Karimli has informed Meydan TV that Mukhtarli has been arrested and is being taken to Baku.

He has been missing since the evening of the 29th. 

According to his wife Leyla Mustafayeva, he had not been responding to telephone calls, and towards 7 p.m. his phone was no longer working. Mustafayeva had already appealed to the Georgian police for help, and his relatives were afraid that he may have fallen into the hands of Azerbaijani authorities.

Since 2015 Mukhtarli has been living in exile in Tbilisi. He is known as a harsh critic of the Azerbaijani government. 

Recently an article appeared in an Azerbaijani government-run news site about "underground" Azerbaijani activists living in Tbilisi. In the article, Mukhtarli was mentioned in addition to the famous surgeon Farman Jeyranov, the Deputy Chairwoman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan Gozel Bayramli. Jeyranov and Bayramli have recently been detained by the Azerbaijani authorities.

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