Human rights defender sentenced to three years in jail


On December 6 Nasimi district court announced the verdict, sentencing lawyer Gurban Mammadov to 3 years in prison. Mammadov was convicted of infringement of traffic or vehicle operation rules (article 263.1 of Criminal Code) and offering payoff to victim for false testimony (article 299.1 of Criminal Code).

Mammadov was arrested on June 4, 2013 in connection with a car accident which happened in September, 2012. In Mammadov’s view however, his arrest is politically motivated and is a revenge for his opposition activism and sharp criticisms of the authorities.

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