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Trump lawyer Dershowitz, other star lawyers begin work for Azeri-Turkish billionaire

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A star-studded team of global lawyers have taken on the case of Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoglu, saying they will investigate possible human rights abuses against the shipping magnate who has been held on terrorism charges in an Istanbul prison since March 17.

Alan Dershowitz, a high-profile defender of US President Donald Trump who argued that Trump should not be impeached at his February trial, is among the lawyers working with Gurbanoglu, according to a statement by London law firm Omnia Strategy.

Nick Muzin, a former Qatar lobbyist who previously worked for Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., as well as Cherie Blair, are working with Dershowitz. They will have their work cut out for them. 

The 52-year-old Gurbanoglu is accused of links to Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Sunni cleric Turkey holds responsible for the July 2016 attempt to bloodily overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Thousands of people including journalists, judges and wealthy industrialists have been jailed on flimsily evidenced charges of conspiring with Gulen, part of a broader campaign to pursue and pressure dissidents of all hues.

“We are repeatedly seeing the misuse of criminal justice systems to target legitimate business executives who fall out of favor. This is driven by a lack of respect for fundamental rights and enabled by a dangerous weakening of the rule of law. This case raises many troubling questions regarding prosecutorial and judicial independence and arbitrary detention. We will investigate this fully and seek answers,” said Blair.

Adam Smith Anthony, a partner at Omnia Strategy, confirmed in a telephone interview with Al-Monitor that Gurbanoglu has not yet been charged. “We will be examining all and any human rights violations to do with his detention and ensuring that a fair trial is accorded and due process is observed.” He declined to elaborate on the substance of the case.

Gurbanoglu protests his innocence, saying he is the victim of a conspiracy led by Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of Azerbaijan’s state oil company, SOCAR. In a March 18 statement, SOCAR denied those claims.

Gurbanoglu owns one of the world’s largest tanker fleets and is embroiled in a multi-billion-dollar arbitration dispute with SOCAR. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and SOCAR, the largest private investor in Turkey, have close ties to Erdogan. The Turkish leader allegedly used to have close business ties with Gurbanoglu, documented in detail by the investigative journalists collective The Black Sea.

There are several theories as to why Gurbanoglu is being held. One is that it’s meant to pressure him to drop the case against SOCAR. Another is that he’s being shaken down for Turkey’s increasingly cash-strapped economy.  

By retaining Dershowitz, Gurbanoglu may as a last resort be hoping to leverage his connections to Trump, who ostensibly would intervene with Erdogan on the businessman’s behalf. Gurbanoglu attended Trump’s inauguration and was the first customer when Trump Towers opened in Istanbul in 2009, snapping up eight apartments, according to The Black Sea.

Asked whether his work would include lobbying, Dershowitz said in a text message, “I will of course register if I do anything requiring registration,” and “At the moment I simply helped recommend the European legal team.”

Muzin told Al-Monitor in a text message that he is “working for him as a lawyer” and is “not doing any work in the US.” Muzin said he is doing “no advocacy work at this time” and “if that changes, I would register.”

Either way, as Trump himself discovered when he was seeking the release of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson, also held on dubious Gulen-linked charges, Erdogan is a tough nut. It took a volley of threatening tweets coupled with sanctions for him to crack and free Brunson after nearly two years of detention.

Diplomatic pressure and the European Court of Human Rights, whose rulings are binding for Turkey, have failed to sway Ankara in many high-profile cases, notably those of journalist Ahmet Altan and philanthropist Osman Kavala. The pair have been rotting in prison on a cocktail of improbable terrorism charges with new ones fabricated to keep them there, rights groups say.

It will not have helped that Omnia Strategy cited The Stockholm Center for Freedom as a source for Turkey’s bad behavior in its press release. The group is run by exiled journalists who are overtly sympathetic to Gulen. 

Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/05/dershowitz-lawyers-imprisoned-azeri-turkish-billionaire.html#ixzz6LcewVgbB

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Iranian trucks in Karabakh spark protest in Azerbaijan

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Reports that Iranian trucks have been delivering fuel to Nagorno-Karabakh have sparked a sharp reaction in Azerbaijan, with Baku summoning Iranian diplomats and accusing Tehran of exacerbating the conflict over the territory.

The controversy began on April 11, when an Azerbaijani journalist, Asaf Quliyev, posted a video he had found circulating in Armenian social media. The clip featured an unidentified man, speaking in Armenian and Russian, showing a line of fuel trucks with Iranian license plates in what he said was Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The narrator accused Karabakh’s government, in particular de facto president Bako Sahakyan, of profiting from cheap Iranian fuel while “bringing in the virus” to Karabakh.

To Azerbaijanis who saw the video, however, the salient issue was a different one: that Iran, if indirectly, was materially supporting Karabakh. Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but since a war in the 1990s it has been ruled by an unrecognized, Armenia-backed government.

“Iran is continuing to support the Armenian government, and prolonging the occupation of Azerbaijani territory,” Quliyev wrote in his Facebook post.

The news spread throughout Azerbaijani media and social media and a few days later, Azerbaijan Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov telephoned his Iranian counterpart, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi. According to Azerbaijani accounts of the call, Khalafov said that the video of the trucks “caused serious concern for the Azerbaijani government and deep dissatisfaction among the public” and that “such actions serve as support for the occupant country, Armenia, and to escalate the conflict.”

Khalafov also demanded that the Iranian side investigate and determine how the Iranian trucks ended up in Karabakh.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued its own statement, with Araqchi telling Khalafov that the reports were “utterly false” and blaming unnamed provocateurs.

“Enemies which are against reciprocal ties between the two countries are seeking to strain relations between the two sides by publishing false reports,” the statement said. “While respecting the territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic, Iran is fundamentally opposed to any move that would fuel conflict between the two neighbouring countries of the Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.”

In general, Iran has not taken sides in the conflict and seeks to maintain good relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan. It’s not clear that the Iranian government would even necessarily know if private Iranian fuel trucks were traveling to Karabakh, which can only be entered via Armenia.

The authorities in Karabakh declined to confirm the presence of Iranian fuel trucks in the territory.

“We are interested in having open borders and friendly relations with Iran,” Artak Nersisyan, a spokesman for Karabakh’s de facto Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Eurasianet. “However, there are no official relations between our countries. As for business ties between private companies, we believe that they should not be a matter for political speculations.”

While most Azerbaijani media simply echoed Khlafov’s diplomatic language, some publications that are allowed a bit more leeway worked themselves into a remarkably high dudgeon over the episode.

The website minval.az saw it as “the beginning of a ‘reset’ of relations with Iran” in which Azerbaijan would be gaining the upper hand.

“The Iranian ‘denial’ did not convince and did not satisfy Azerbaijan. In Baku, concrete steps are expected from Tehran,” the site wrote. “If Tehran, in its strict international isolation, wants to maintain good neighborly relations with Azerbaijan, then Iran needs to curb its outrageous ‘cooperation’ with the Armenian occupants.”

The website Haqqin unloaded with a lengthy recounting of Iran’s many sins against Azerbaijan over the past 30 years.

“While Baku conducts its relations with Iran exclusively on the principle of neighborliness and friendship, we don’t observe a suitable response from the other side,” it concluded. “Tehran, instead, deals with Baku contrary to international norms. For Azerbaijan it would now be naïve and shortsighted to ignore the illegal activities of a neighboring state on its occupied territories and the total support of its enemy.”

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Riots Report Shows London Needs To Maintain Police Numbers, Says Mayor

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Intro text we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure and its relationship to how people read.

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His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

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Finland Has An Education System The Other Country Should Learn From

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Dropcap the popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size.

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Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

A busy man keeps working while he waits. | Image: Unsplash

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

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