Founder and editor of Kend.info, detained since 17 February 2017
ROLE: Founder and editor of Kend.info, an online news portal
FOCUS: Corruption and human rights violations, particularly in the Ismayilli region
ARRESTED: 17 February 2017, and sentenced
CHARGED: Extortion and aggravated abuse of a position of influence
CASE DETAILS: Ismayilli was detained on 17 February. He is accused of threatening a local government employee and of attempting to extort money from him. Ismayilli denies all the charges.
CURRENT STATUS: On 18 February, the Nasimi District court sentenced Ismayilli to pre-trial detention for an initial period of 24 days. Ismayilli is currently being held in the Kurdakhani pretrial detention center.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Ismayilli previously worked with several media outlets in Azerbaijan, including opposition newspaper Azadliq and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. He has previously been subject to arrests and harassment connected to his journalistic activities.