Fresh claims of Azerbaijan vote-rigging at European human rights body

Guardian hears claims that oil-rich country tried to bribe members of human rights body to secure votes against reports criticising its president

One of Europe’s oldest human rights bodies is being urged to set up a far-reaching anti-corruption investigation next week, amid fresh allegations of vote rigging that have put its credibility on the line.

Two people with high-level experience of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly (Pace) have told the Guardian they believe its members have been offered bribes for votes by Azerbaijan. The 324-member body is made up of delegates from national parliaments who meet four times a year in Strasbourg.

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April 20th, 2017 by