Afgan Mukhtarli, who had been in political emigration in Georgia with his family since 2015 from pressure from the Azerbaijani authorities, disappeared in Tbilisi on May 29, 2017.
The next day, Mukhtarli appeared in Baku and was accused of illegally crossing the border, smuggling and resisting the police.
The journalist himself then stated that he was abducted in the center of Tbilisi. He was later sentenced to six years in prison.
On March 17, 2020, Mukhtarli was unexpectedly released from prison and immediately sent to Germany. He was not even allowed to meet with his relatives in Azerbaijan. The journalist himself says that the authorities only changed the punishment – they changed the prison to a link from the country.