Azerbaijani journalist Afghan Mukhtarli has been summoned to the General Prosecutor's Office of Georgia for questioning.
The information was confirmed to InterPressNews by the Office. According to them, Mukhtarli should report to the prosecutor's office tomorrow, April 8.
"We would like to remind the public that the Georgian Prosecutor's Office, within the framework of the ongoing investigation into the case of Afghan Mukhtarli, applied to the relevant German services for legal assistance on March 24, 2020, according to Mukhtarli's whereabouts. Afghan Mukhtarli was interrogated by the relevant services in Germany on July 24, 2020, based on the appeal of the Prosecutor General's Office. The interrogation protocol and relevant materials were sent from Germany to the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia on October 1, 2020 and was included in the criminal case.
The case is being investigated under the first part of Article 143 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (illegal deprivation of liberty)", - the Prosecutor's Office said.
For reference, Mukhtarli disappeared in Tbilisi on May 29, 2017. It was later revealed that he was in Azerbaijan. Afghan Mukhtar was charged for illegal crossing of the state border of Azerbaijan, smuggling and disobeying an authority. On January 12, 2018, an Azerbaijani court sentenced Afghan Mukhtarli to 6 years in prison, however, he was released from prison in Azerbaijan a year ago. The remaining years were considered conditional.
Afghan Mukhtarli returned to Tbilisi today.