Azerbaijan revelations could herald shake-up at Council of Europe

News of Azerbaijan’s $2.9bn lobbying and money-laundering scheme comes as rights body faces inquiry into alleged corruption

Revelations of payments from Azerbaijan to several former members of the Council of Europe’s parliament promise to shake up a body that is meant to set Europe’s standards for democratic probity.

The details of the payments come as an independent panel begins confidential hearings into alleged corruption at the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly (Pace) in Strasbourg, one of the world’s oldest human rights bodies.

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