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EU Official Denied Baku Prison Hospital Visit Despite Presidential Promise

Neelie Kroes
Neelie Kroes
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes of the Netherlands was barred from visiting a penitentiary hospital in Baku, despite President Ilham Aliyev's permission to do so.

Kroes told journalists in Baku that she met with Azerbaijan's president on November 6 and he agreed she could visit the hospital to observe the conditions for inmates there.

Kroes said that when she arrived at the prison hospital, officials would not allow her into the building.

She said that in her country, "if a president says something, it is always done, as in any democratic country."

A spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Penitentiary Service, Mehman Sadiqov, told RFE/RL that Kroes’ visit to the penitentiary hospital did not take place because of "protocol issues."
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 09, 2012 20:01
The european lady should know the difference between a democratic country and Ali Baba`s Ilhamistan petrol station.She should also know the meaning of the idiom `talking turkey`.Anyway,she probably didnt like the caviar they offered her.Most EU officials find it yummy!!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 11, 2012 10:46
It's a pity the lady in question was denied access to this prison: they should have let her in and kept her there - and the same should be done to all the members of the European Commission and of the European Central Bank. Doing so would be the only way of stopping the economic genocide that these guys are currently organizaing against the Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Portugese and other nations of the "free" Europe.

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