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Marianna Mkrtchyan

The Guardian reveals new details of corruption scandal in PACE with  Baku participation

The Guardian reveals new details of corruption scandal in PACE with  Baku participation

ArmInfo.The Guardian reveals new details of corruption scandal in PACE with the participation of Baku.

As the Guardian writes, one of the oldest  human rights protection  entities in Europe  is called to implement next week a comprehensive  investigation in respect to newly raised charges in voting  falsification putting under risk its reputation.

Two men with working experience at the high level of Parliamentary  Assembly of PACE told The Guardian, that they suppose Azerbaijan  suggested its members bribes for the votes. The given entity consists  of 324 spokesmen from national parliaments and holds a session 4  times a year in Strasburg. 

"Arif Mammadov, ex Azerbaijani diplomat, who became the dissident,  stated that the delegation members from this fuel rich country in  European Council had 30 mln euro to lobbying in the institutes of  this organization, including in the Parliamentary Assembly of  European Council. At that, he added that everybody heard that figure  in Azerbaijani delegation, though they never  registered it. It was  said that money was for the bribes to delegation members and PACE  totally", Mammadov's words reports the edition.

Other Swedish delegate and ex Justice Minister Tobias Billstrom said  that very trustworthy persons informed him that they were offered  bribes for voting by the specified way. He is one of 64  parliamentarians , having signed the revolution with a call to  conduct independent investigation of serious and trustworthy  accusations in serious law violation over Azerbaijani votes.

At the same time, the edition writes that many critics note that  Azerbaijan uses Assembly to create image of legitimacy to  authoritarian governing of the President Ilham Aliev who runs the  country since 2003. 

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