OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has welcomed Azerbaijan’s decision to permit Leyla and Arif Yunusovs to leave the country, read a message posted on the OSCE website Apr. 20.
They were permitted to leave Azerbaijan for treatment in the Netherlands.
Earlier, the Baku Court for Grave Crimes sentenced Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov to 8 years and six months and 7 years in prison, respectively.
Leyla Yunusova was charged under the articles 274 (high treason), 178.3.2 (fraud by inflicting major damage), 192.2.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.2.2 (evasion from a large amount of taxes), 320.1 (forging a certificate or another official document providing rights or exempting from duties, in order to use or sell that document, as well as making for the same purposes or selling the forged state awards of Azerbaijan, stamps, seals, and forms) and 320.2 (use of deliberately forged documents indicated in the article 320.1) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
Arif Yunusov was charged under the articles 274 (high treason) and 178.3.2 (fraud) of Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code.
On Nov. 12, 2015, the Baku Court of Appeals changed the measure of restraint with regard to Arif Yunusov to the recognizance not to leave.
On Dec. 9, 2015, the Baku Appeals Court decided to conditionally release Leyla Yunusova.