Facebook activist sentenced to 5.5 years in jail

May 27th, 2014


On May 27, Baku Court on Grave Crimes chaired by Judge Ahmad Guliyev announced the verdict on the case of Facebook activist Abdul Abilov.

Court gave 5.5 years of prison sentence to Abilov.

Note that public prosecutor requested the court to give six and a half years prison sentence to Abilov.

Background: Facebook activist Abdul Abilov was arrested on 22 November 2013 and charged with illegal possession, storage, manufacturing or sale of drugs which stipulates a prison sentence for up to twelve years. Narimanov district court ordered him to be put in pretrial custody. Abilov was the admin of the Facebook page “Stop sycophants!” which was closed after his arrest.