Baku. 16 January. REPORT.AZ/ Diplomats of Israeli and Russian embassies visited blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was arrested in Belarus due to his illegal travel to occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Report informs, referring to BelaPAN.
A.Lapshin is kept in Minsk detention facility No1 for about one month. A.Lapshin with double citizenship (Israeli and Russian) was arrested in Belarus on December 14 upon request of Azerbaijan security agencies.
Notably, according to statement from Azerbaijan Public Prosecutor Office, Alexander Lapshin, who holds citizenship of different countries, colluding and entering into criminal relationship with other persons residing in Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenian armed forces and violating clauses of laws of the Azerbaijan Republic “On state borders” and “On passports”, entered occupied territories of the Azerbaijan Republic in April 2011 and October 2012 without proper documents, bypassing border checkpoints; he indicated “Nagorno Karabakh”, beside Azerbaijan and Armenia, among independent states, where he had travelled, on his personal page “http//puerrtto.livejournal.com”, aiming at international propagation of illegal political regime, and openly called for disintegration of internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan Republic through his statement on April 6 and June 29 of 2016 supporting “independence” of illegal regime established on occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Considering open calls of A.Lapshin against Azerbaijani state and elements of illegal crossing of border in his activities, the Office of Public Prosecutor of Azerbaijan started criminal investigation against him in accordance with clauses 281.2 (Open statement against state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing of state border of Azerbaijan Republic) of Criminal Code of the Azerbaijan Republic and filed an international search request.
A.Lapshin was detained after measures taken by security forces of Republic of Belarus. Legal arrangements aimed at A.Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan are underway.
Foreign ministry earlier announced A.Lapshin persona non grata due to his illegal travel to occupied territories of Azerbaijan.