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Jabbar Savalanli made his final speech in the hearing: “Fight is my lifestyle. Azerbaijan is like a prison. Now in prison I am free” said youth activist.
Lawyer Anar Gasimov said that judgment issued by Sumgayit District Court is unfair.
“This judgment proved that the court doesn’t even respect itself” said the lawyer.
Furthermore, lawyer Anar Gasimov did not agree with the judgment. He said that they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
After the hearing, Chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Youth Committee Abulfaz Gurbanli and youth activist Kamran Sanaturk who protested against Jabbar Savalanli’s arrest were detained by the police. They were set free an hour later.
Azerbaijan Popular Front Party member Jabbar Savalanli was arrested on February 5, 2011. He is being charged with drug possession, but it is widely thought that his arrest was politically motivated, linked to criticism of the government he posted on social networking sites. Sumgayit City Court sentenced Savalanli to 2.5 years in jail on May 4, 2011.