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Lawmaker: Allegations of corruption against Azerbaijan in PACE collapsed

Lawmaker: Allegations of corruption against Azerbaijan in PACE collapsed

Baku. 23 April. REPORT.AZ/ The Independent External Investigation Body (IBAC) looking into allegations of corruption in PACE presented its report to the Bureau of the Assembly in Strasbourg.

Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) Elkhan Suleymanov told Report. 

"The Investigation Body has not found any fact concerning the allegations of corruption against Azerbaijan and consequently, concluded that the requirements of neutrality in the work of PACE MPs, in particular the rapporteurs concerning the activities of PACE on our country have not been breached.”

"For the last two years pumped-up headlines in Western European media, created by certain circles, in particular Soros-financed NGOs and media groups, spreading and supporting false allegations against Azerbaijan have paralyzed the normal activities of PACE.

Whilst during recent years the already not good international reputation of the PACE was severely damaged by these repeated non-serious explanations, it becomes clear now that allegations eventually were groundless, false, and biased", he added.

"The Investigation Body confirmed that all PACE reports on Azerbaijan since 2008, including all election observation mission reports and the 2013 Strasser report on “political prisoners”, which became the discussion point for power centers and anti-Azerbaijan forces who were not willing to admit defeat, were adopted without the neutrality of MPs being affected, thus all these reports and their political contents remaining fully valid.

In its report, the Investigation Body initially just repeated previous allegations by some biased NGOs, but it was not able, after thorough investigation, to provide any solid fact and proof. They were, of course, not able to deliver what cannot be delivered, but what was on the other hand highly expected by the enemies of Azerbaijan.

I also regret that the IBAC focused entirely on Azerbaijan, while similar allegations against six other member states were treated by IBAC in total on one page only, out of the 200 pages report. This report does not serve objectivity and neutrality", Azerbaijani lawmaker stated.

"Finally, this superfluous show aiming at damaging Azerbaijan’s image in international arena resulted in a waste of 200.000 Euro taxpayers money, being the cost of this investigation, at a moment when PACE is suffering from serious budgetary problems.

I believe that instead of attempting to intimidate my country with slanders, PACE should deal with to address such important challenges, at a moment when Europe is suffering from huge problems such as migration, common security and budgetary issues", he said. 

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