A call has been made for release of Facebook activists


The committee protecting the rights of arrested blogger Abdul Abilov held a press conference on March 6 urging the release of detained Facebook activists.
Speaking at the conference, Abdul Abilov’s mother Nurjahan Abilova said her son was innocent. “My son does not even know what is narcotic. He used to stay away from even cigarette smoke,” she said.
“He simply could not bear injustice and call for an end to it. There is nothing unusual about it. When the policemen detained my son I said ‘if you detain him for drug possession, why do you take his computer? Do drugs grow on computers?” Ms. Abilova added.
Taking the floor, blogger’s lawyer Khalid Bagirov said the investigation is not conducted properly. He believes that it is needlessly prolonged. “They have not yet examined the drug for finger marks. Because Abdul Abilov has no connection with the drugs and he does not have finger prints on them,” he noted.
Involvement of police officers to criminal cases against Facebook users was criticized. Law enforcement agencies and courts were called to be fair.
Background: Abdul Abilov was admin of the Facebook page “Let’s Say No to Flatterers” and known for sharp criticisms of the authorities. He was detained at home on November 22 and charged with drug possession.

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