Sources: turan.az, azerireport.com
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has started communication with the Azerbaijani government regarding the case of Elmar Huseynov’s murder, more than five years after Huseynov’s widow Rushaniya filed the case with the ECHR.
ECHR requested materials pertaining to the criminal case from the government of Azerbaijan.
Huseynova emigrated from Azerbaijan to Norway in January 2007. In early 2010, she filed the case with the ECHR. In March 2010, she said in an
that she had asked the European Court to find violations of articles 2 (violation of the human rights), 10 (violation of freedom of expression and opinion) and 13 (right of effective judicial protection) of the European Human Rights Convention in her husband’s murder.
According to Huseynova, her late husband was periodically threatened. He received death threats demanding that he stop publishing stories about Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the presidential family.
On March 2, 2005 Huseynov, former editor of magazine
, was gunshot in the mouth at his doorstep, in a brazen murder that remains unsolved. Those who ordered the murder are still at large, despite President Ilham Aliyev’s pledges to bring them justice.
National Strategic Thoughts Center chief Isa Gambar said that Huseynov was a victim of the ruling regime in Azerbaijan: “We come here at least twice a year. Often we repeat our words. Every year we say that Elmar was a victim of this government and the Aliyev regime. 10 years ago, Ilham Aliyev promised that this crime will be solved within a week. But while the days turned into months and years, the murder is still unsolved.”
was openly critical of the Aliyev ruling family and their regime. Investigative journalist Khadija Ismaiylova, who is now imprisoned, once
about Huseynov’s death, “They killed him at his doorstep. And the first thing I thought when I heard was, “It’s my responsibility too. It’s my fault as well, because he was doing it alone.”