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Jabbar Savalanli was arrested on February 5, in front of his apartment building. He has been charged with possession of narcotics, which implies an imprisonment up to 3 years. Police claim 0.17 gr opium was found on him.
His supporters believe that Savalanli had been arrested because of his involvement with protests against a police clampdown during an opposition protest on January 20th at the Martyr’s Lane. Savalanli had also posted critical articles onto Facebook.
Azerbaijan has earlier seen the arrest of the dissidents under trumped up narcotics charge as well; Azadlig editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid and journalist Eynulla Fatullayev have been victims of these charges, with Fatullayev still in prison.