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Criminal Proceedings Launched Into Attack Against Prominent Azerbaijani Journalist

Prominent Azerbaijani Writer Stabbed In Bakui
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November 20, 2011
RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports that Tagi was attacked on his way home, and that he is currently in hospital. Tagi's relatives said he has at least five knife wounds to his back and neck. A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying after surgery that Tagis injuries were bad but not life-threatening. There was no immediate comment from police
RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports that Tagi was attacked on his way home, and that he is currently in hospital. Tagi's relatives said he has at least five knife wounds to his back and neck. A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying after surgery th
WATCH: Rafiq Tagi in the hospital following surgery. (Video: RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

By RFE/RL

BAKU -- Azerbaijan's authorities have launched criminal proceedings into the attack against prominent writer and journalist Rafiq Tagi.

RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported that Tagi remained in the hospital after being knifed on his way home late on November 19 in Baku.

The writer's wife and son gave testimony to the police. Tagi's relatives said he had at least five knife wounds to his back and neck, while a doctor said there were six stab wounds.

Following four hours of surgery, a doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying Tagi's injuries were no longer life-threatening. He has two broken ribs, injuries to his stomach and diaphragm, and his spleen was removed.
 
Rafiq Tagi
Rafiq Tagi
Following the surgery, Tagi explained to journalists through gestures that he had been attacked by one person.

Writer Shahbaz Xuduoglu told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that the attack was partially thwarted by a book that Tagi pressed against his chest.

"The knife touched the book but couldn’t reach his heart," Xuduoglu said. "Certainly, it’s an attempt to end his life. The attacker’s purpose was to kill him. It was an organized attack."

In 2007, a district court in Baku sentenced Tagi to three years in jail for an article printed in 2006 that was deemed to be critical of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. 

The editor in chief of the "Sanat" newspaper  in which the article appeared, Samir Sadagatoglu, was also sentenced to four years in prison. Both were released by presidental pardon later that year. 
 
The article also prompted an Iranian cleric, Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, to place a fatwa on Tagi, calling for his death.

Baba Veziroglu, another of Tagi's colleagues, told RFE/RL that he sees no motive for the attack.

"If the incident took place some years ago, I would have some suppositions," Veziroglu said. "But he has not written any controversial article recently. I think it is a mere hooliganism."

(Latest coverage from RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
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by: Rovshan Aliyev from: Prague
November 20, 2011 09:02
I liked the editor's job: there is an unbiased, latest news, followed by an important background info on Rafiq Tagi according to modern journalism and news standards.
Unfortunately, I didn't met such professionally edited news in Azerbaijani language for a long time.
In this case, some news media completely "missed" the news, others forgot to include a necessary background info. The news media outlets, who broadly covered this incident are divided. Half of them try to declare that Islamists stabbed the writer. Others try to declare that Azerbaijani Government orchestrated the incident for future anti-religious campaigns. Both of them don't cite any fact, source or proof.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 20, 2011 12:51
Aah, dear Rovshan djan,azeri kgb forgot to say he may have stabbed himself for publicity,or he was stabbed by armenians to smear great Ali Babali Ilham`s great azeri democracy.
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by: Sınav from: South Azerbaijan
November 26, 2011 12:02
I heard the Azeri KGB say that Apo had so much missed slaughtering babies in their cradles for a long time so he wanted his thugs kill Rafig tagi for a little bliss though.

by: Flanagan from: Ottawa, Canada
November 20, 2011 23:14
Wherever the death-cult of islam is criticized...violence is sure to follow...the "religion of peace"...lol...

by: Azeri from: World
November 21, 2011 08:55
He insulted Prophet Muhammad (AS) and he is immediately labeled as a "prominent writer" by the US financed propaganda machine. At least 80% of Azeri's never heard of him and those who did, did so because of the attention he attracted after insulting the Prophet.

Questioning the events of WWII is a crime in many "free" Western countries, but insulting our Prophet is freedom of speech. Thanks to such direct attacks on Azeri identity our people are returning more and more to Islam, keep up your work.
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by: Sınav from: South Azerbaijan
November 26, 2011 16:56
No matter at all who he was. He was a human being the same as you and me. People like you put an end to his life because he never liked your style and joked about it. You didn’t bother to take your pen and respond or joke about his own style so you chose the other way that was to make an example of him in order to create an environment of terror for silencing those who thought you’re beginning to impose your saint ideology. This has got nothing to do with U.S. or WWII. This is about you and me. This is about us bro.

by: kenkafir from: india
November 21, 2011 15:55
What else can be expected from the followers of a murderer and pedophile who militarily indoctrinated and forced his followers to call him a prophet ..A False Prophet of course..!! Come to India and see how we tackle these murderers EVEN THOUGH THEY RULED HERE FOR 1000 YEARS !!!!

by: Steve from: Detroit
November 26, 2011 17:03
Damn Iranians, fanatical lunatics. The two major Iranian exports are oil and terrorism! Azeris should know the American people will not forget this freedom writer and Iran will pay!

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