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November 27, 2011

Rafiq Tagi: A Victim of State Propaganda?

November 27, 2011

November 27, 2011

After a fatwa pronouncing the death penalty from Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani (five years ago), Rafiq Tagi was assassinated by a knife attack (7 stabs in total, one of the stabs broke two ribs). While an Iranian cleric issued a fatwa against him, an Azeri source spoke to the Arab Digest about his death, accusing the government of standing behind it to support its suggestion that radical Islamists are the only alternative to the incumbant dictator. Here is the Azeri source's statement:

"Foreign journalists are going after the government. In the past two three months, there has been so many articles that uncovered corruption scandals related to the Azeri lobyying companies. Cameron chief strategist took money from the Azeri ruling family to declare that 95% of Azeris support their president. The Iranian Fatwa was issued about 5 years ago, so why would they kill him now? The Azeri authorities usually accuse foreign powers of standing behind local killings and unresolved crimes, but they never prosecuted anyone. The Azeri dictatorship killed public officials, journalists, intellectuals and politicians; not a single case was resolved by the police. None of these high profile killings was resolved, noting that they resolve most other crimes. They have a professional police force, except when it comes to politically motivated killing. In March 2005, a famous journalist who wrote for Russian journalists; he was really an elite commentator. elmar huseynov, a harsh critic of the government was killed in front of his apartment. Huseynov only criticized the ruling family, so there is no other suspect in this killing.
People who know Rafiq was a very kind person, very peaceful. He didn't even argue against the prosecution during his trial. He is a cardiologist. It looks like the government killed him to stop the growing calls for democratisation. Even the pro regime intellectuals are calling for democratisation to avoid an Arab spring scenario. While the killing serves the regime's warnings against the rise of pro-Iranian Islamists, it is also a warning against the growing dissent in Azerbaijan".
The Guardian's Nick Cohen wrote an article, criticizing Iran, and sparing the Azeri dictatorship. This growing focus on Iran, who also heavily persecutes and represses its own intellectual community, spares pro-Western dictatorship any criticisms for their human rights abuses.

After a few days of my post above, the Times reported on Prince Andrews growing links with the Azeri dictator, the report said:

The Duke of York is placing the reputation of the Royal Family at risk because of questionable links with and frequent visits to Azerbaijan, a peer said last night.
The warning was prompted by details of a trip last week by the Duke to the former Soviet country, which has been dogged by allegations of corruption, election rigging and human rights abuses, including torture.
The Duke, who arrived by private jet and in a personal capacity, has been under pressure over his links with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan.

The Times also published this funny photo of the Queen's son:


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