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Azerbaijani pol caught on YouTube clip arrested for graft

Gular AhmadovaAn Azerbaijani politician expelled from the ruling party after being implicated in a corruption scandal has been arrested.

The Sabail District Court in Baku ordered Gular Ahmadova to be held in pretrial detention for up to two months.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office announced late on February 13 that Ahmadova will be charged with abuse of public office in order to commit embezzlement.

In September, a video appeared online showing Ahmadova, a parliamentary deputy with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, discussing the size of a bribe required to secure a seat in parliament.

The incident allegedly took place in 2005.

Although corruption is said to be rampant in Azerbaijan, the high-profile exposure of public figures is rare.

Ahmadova faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

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Courtesy of RFE/RL. Original article appeared here.

Copyright (c) 2013. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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