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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baku Reporter Charged

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- An Azeri journalist has been charged with libel for suggesting President Heidar Aliyev's brother wields significant influence in the country's gas station industry, her editor said.

Irada Huseinova wrote an article for the Bakinsky Rabochy newspaper last November about the gas station business in which she called Jalal Aliyev one of the "gas kings'' of this former Soviet republic.

On Tuesday, the Baku prosecutor's office charged Huseinova with libel and contempt and is seeking her arrest, Bakinsky Rabochy's chief editor, Elmar Huseinov, told reporters Thursday.