ILLEGAL DETENTION OF YOUTH ACTIVIST

April 18th, 2011
Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Youth activist Jabbar Savalanli is being illegally imprisoned, reported his lawyer Anar Gasimov to Objective TV.

According to Gasimov, Savalanli’s pre-trial detention period expired on April 5. The youth activist should be released if the sentence is not extended.
The lawyer Anar Gasimov sent an appeal to the head of the Penitentiary Service Medet Guliyev. The appeal states that Savalanli’s period of pre-trial detention has ended, and his continued imprisonment constitutes a legal violation.  
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.