EBU concludes Azerbaijan Investigation

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Radio Liberty has received confirmation from Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, that the EBU's investigation into reported interrogation of people in Azerbaijan voting for Armenia at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest has now been concluded and discussed by the Reference Group for the competition. Their decision has been passed to the EBU Television Committee who will announce a final decision in the next few days.

The investigation was launched after reports of Azeri members of the public were called for questioning over voting for Armenia at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The issue became a headline news story around the world. The result of the EBU investigation and decision on any action by the Reference Group must now be ratified by the EBU Television Committee before any action can be taken.

Radio Liberty report that Svante Stockselius explained that Azerbaijan could be cleared of the charges or it could be found to have violated Eurovision rules and either fined or banned from participating in the contest for up to three years.

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