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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:23 PM

Now the time has come to investigate Eurovision:)


Azerbaijani oligarchs consider Malta to be one of its provinces, according to an extensive report into how the South Caucasus nation uses caviar diplomacy to buy the influence of Western politicians.

According to our sources in Baku, Malta is considered by Azerbaijani oligarchs as one of the provinces of Azerbaijan, the report by the Civic Solidarity Platform, published in March, states. Malta is one of the key locations where corrupt Azerbaijani officials kept their money in offshore banks, along with Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.

The report flags how Maltas Speaker Anglu Farrugia had led several delegations to observe elections in Azerbaijan and how he always spoke positively of them, ignoring electoral fraud and gross human rights violations.
In October 2013, Farrugia described the presidential elections in Azerbaijan as 'fair, democratic and transparent', the report states. His assessment sharply conflicted with that of ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) observers who said they had documented widespread irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and what appeared to be fraudulent counting.

The report questions the timing of Farrugias 2013 visit to Azerbaijan, noting it came only a few days before the ElectroGas consortium, which includes Azerbaijani state-owned Socar Trading, won a bid to construct and operate a LNG power station in Delimara.

Farrugia, a former Labour deputy leader, visited Azerbaijan again in 2015 when the country held controversial parliamentary elections, and again the following year to observe a constitutional referendum, as head of a mission by the European Academy of Elections Observation.
The report also flags former Labour MP Joe Debono Grechs close links with Azerbaijan, noting he was in 2009 appointed co-rapporteur on human rights in Azerbaijan by the Council of Europes parliamentary assembly PACE, getting the role ahead of a Norwegian MP known for her human rights credentials.

Later, when Debono Grech left this position, during a PACE debate on Azerbaijan in 2015 he failed to make any mention of imprisoned human rights activist Annar Mammadli, after having himself flagged Mammadlis politically motivated imprisonment in 2013, the report reads. In a debate on a new report on Azerbaijans ailing democratic institutions he complained that Azerbaijan was never absent from the Parliamentary Assemblys agenda and warned that the oil and gas-rich republic could head down the road of Libya or Iraq if president Ilham Aliyev is removed.

It adds Debono Grech was part of a scheme developed by key Azerbaijani lobbyists in PACE to defeat a human rights report condemning the Aliyev regimes treatment of political prisoners.

Simon Busuttil questions Malta links to Azerbaijan slush fund

Earlier today, outgoing PN leader Simon Busuttil questioned whether any Maltese politician has benefited from a secret $2.8 billion slush fund, which Azerbaijanis elite had used to bribe European politicians as part of their caviar diplomacy.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:42 PM

Well~no question~money talks~ and it seem when it talks it will say anything the ones handing fist fulls out ask it to. Aliyev is getting away with it for now~we'll see.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

He will get away with it until the so called democracies allows it, once the need is gone it will turn into Iraq.

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