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(en) Czech, AFED: The deadly power of Pegasus - When a strange "suicide" is preceded by illegal wiretapping - the case of Bayram Mammadov. [Traduction automatique]

Date Mon, 2 Aug 2021 11:01:27 +0300

At the beginning of May, a twenty-six-year-old anarchist and a denial of military service, Bayram Mammadov (1995-2021), was found in Istanbul. We informed about the case HERE . Let's just remind you that Bayram was one of two Azerbaijani anarchists (along with Gijas Ibrahimov) imprisoned in 2016 for spraying the words "Fuck the system" and "Happy Slave Day" on the statue of former President Heydar Aliyev. Bayram was arrested on May 11, 2016 on false charges of drug crime, beaten severely and threatened with rape. He was finally sentenced to 10 years on December 8, 2016. Both activists were released in 2019 by presidential pardon. On 13 February 2020, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on human rights violations under several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights and ordered the state to pay compensation to each prisoner. Bayram planned to spend money on education abroad, which he had dreamed of a lot, so he left for Istanbul in November 2020. He was last seen alive on April 29, 2021.

You have probably registered an affair from recent days, in which the Pegasus spyware of the Israeli company NSO Group plays a major role. It suffocates that it provides its software for monitoring all mobile phone traffic of selected individuals, only for the purpose of tracking criminals and terrorists. But thanks to the investigative work of many journalists, it has become apparent that the mobile phones of many politicians, including French President Macron, are also monitored in this way. The company's customers are, of course, various states, which can spy on the uncomfortable opposition and journalists, such as in Orbanov Hungary. You can read more about the case, for example, HERE .

Mexico is also one of the clients. Among the identified victims of spying is the late independent journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto, who dealt with organized crime and its connection to local politicians in the Tierra Caliente region. On March 2, 2017, Pineda broadcast the local police and politicians in a live broadcast of the collaboration with organized crime. Hours later, he was shot while waiting to wash his car. The phone, on which forensic analysis could be performed retrospectively, disappeared from the murder scene with the shooter.

Among other things, Pegasus was used to track on the nearest Jamal Hashukji, a journalist brutally murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The list of victims of spying by the Azerbaijani government is perhaps the longest ever uncovered - 245 people, overwhelmingly journalists, activists and opposition politicians. Bayram Mammadov was one of those on the list, as was his father and Gijas Ibrahimov's mother - Shura Ibrahimov - who dared to speak for her son after his arrest. Gijas was detained last year for daring to criticize the genocidal actions of the Azerbaijani state during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Bayrama caught up with his fate in Istanbul. Turkish police have never bothered to investigate the cause of his death, but the media in Turkey and Azerbaijan quickly washed away it as suicide. His friends and family immediately questioned this because he planned to obtain a master's degree and return to Azerbaijan. In fact, he was so busy that he canceled his social media accounts. But he still used his phone - a phone that had been tapped for more than a year. The suspicious circumstances of Bayram's death have not yet been investigated. Its discovery on the list of many victims of Pegasus spyware only raises further suspicions of the purpose for which the Azerbaijani government acquired it.

What to say to the snooping business and to the snooping and murderous states? Words spray-painted on the dictator's monument: "Fuck the system."

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