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Five years after his death, the killers of Azerbaijani opposition journalist Elmar Huseynov have still not been brought to justice, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Huseynov, editor of the independent weekly "Monitor," was shot dead outside his apartment in Baku on March 2, 2005. Two Georgian citizens of Azerbaijani origin have been identified as suspects. Georgia says no formal request has been made to take legal action against them.

Elsa Vidal of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) told RFE/RL that she considers it "shocking" that no one has been indicted despite government officials' pledges to solve the killing. She said it is increasingly unlikely that the killer will ever be identified and arrested.

Huseynov's wife, Rushaniyye Huseynova, recently appealed to the European Court of Human Rights about her husband's case. She accused the Azerbaijani government of inaction.

Huseynov's friend and fellow journalist Eynulla Fatullayev launched a private investigation into the murder. In 2007, he published an article in his newspaper, "Realny Azerbaijan," claiming that senior Azerbaijani officials ordered Huseynov's killing.

Within months, Fatullayev was charged with defamation, terrorism, tax evasion, and incitement to ethnic hatred. He was tried and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Hossein Karrubi said a deputy minister said opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi (pictured) "should have been executed a long time ago."
Iran's Press Supervisory Board has revoked the license of the weekly magazine "Irandokht," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

The magazine's managing editor, Hossein Karrubi, is the son of former opposition presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi.

Hossein Karrubi told RFE/RL on March 1 that he was warned four or five months ago about publishing pictures of actresses on the magazine's covers, after which he stopped doing so.

Karrubi said Mohammad Ali Ramin, the deputy culture minister with responsibility for the media, did not give any reason for revoking the license.

But he said Ramin did make "impolite" comments about Mehdi Karrubi's "radical" stance, for which Ramin said the opposition leader "should have been executed a long time ago."

Mehdi Karrubi has been one of the leaders of the opposition Green Movement, which insists the June presidential election was fixed so that incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad would win.

In August, Iranian authorities banned the newspaper "Etemad-e Melli," which belonged to Mehdi Karrubi.

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