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On 13 January, the Islamic Party Chairman Movsum Samadov’s house was searched and a computer processor, CDs, video cassette of Ashura ceremony, and some books were taken from the house during the search.
Movsum Samadov, his driver Mirhuseyn Kazimov, party department head Vagif Abdulayev and party activist Elchin Hasanov were arrested on January 7th.
The Azerbaijan Islamic Party Chairman criticized the hijab ban in the Party assembly on January 2nd and assessed it as a moral damage to Azerbaijani people. The video of the meeting was disseminated on social networking sites. It is supposed that the party chairman and his supporters may have been arrested because of this issue.