Georgian authorities are investigating the death of Azerbaijani opposition blogger Huseyn Bakixanov, who died on July 14 under unclear circumstances after apparently falling from a Tbilisi hotel.
News about the Azerbaijani government critic's death emerged only on July 29, two weeks after incident.
Two days before the event, Bakixanov made a video statement on YouTube while in an ambulance saying that five men he had met a few days earlier had attacked him in downtown Tbilisi.
"I do not believe that it was a random attack, because it happened just a couple of days before I am scheduled to get my asylum-seeker ID card" from Georgia, Bakixanov said at the time. "I cannot say for sure that the Azerbaijani government organized the attack, but it cannot be ruled out."
The Tbilisi-based Rights Georgia said on July 29 that Bakixanov had been in contact with the nongovernmental group about the asylum process in Georgia and a third country.
Tbilisi police say they were investigating his death as an apparent suicide.
A lawyer for the hotel where Bakixanov fell to his death said that they had hired Bakixanov on July 14.
Kakha Tsereteli, the lawyer of Stamba Hotel, said that Bakixanov went on the roof and committed suicide while receiving a tour of the building.
Bakixanov was arrested in Baku during an anti-government rally on May 7. He was then sentenced to 15 days in jail and allegedly tortured.
Shortly after that, Bakixanov left Azerbaijan for Georgia, where he continued to criticize the government via media outlets and his YouTube channel.
Azerbaijan has one of the world's most restrictive media environments and has been known to "aggressively target" opposition figures and journalists abroad, using tactics such as assaults, detentions, and unlawful deportations, according to a report by U.S.-based watchdog Freedom House.
Dissident Azerbaijani Journalist Dies In Georgia Under Unclear Circumstances
Anger Over Russia's Battlefield Defeats Bursts Into The Open, Posing A Challenge For Putin2
Dead Russian Soldiers Litter Roads Around Liberated Lyman3
Ukrainian Forces Continue Advances, Zelenskiy Says As U.S. To Announce Plan To Send More HIMARS4
Ukrainian Forces Prepare For Potential Attack By Belarus5
Ukrainian Forces Advance In South, Repel Russian Attacks In Donbas6
Bulgarian President Didn't Sign Document Backing Ukraine Because Of Wording On NATO Membership7
Ukrainians Prepare For Possible Russian Nuclear Attack With Iodine Tablets And Humor8
Russia's 'Sham' Referendums In Ukraine Met With Silence From Central Asia9
Top Official At Hermitage Museum In St. Petersburg Leaves Russia In Protest At The War In Ukraine10
EU Approves Eighth Round Of Sanctions Against Russia