Lawyer meets with Faramaz Novruzoglu

On September 12, lawyer Friz Namazli met with the arrested correspondent of Millatim newspaper Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev) in the Kurdakhani investigative prison, Namazli told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety today (September 13).

The lawyer told that the journalist has stopped the hunger strike, he had staged on August 22 in protest of the court decision on him. Namazli added that they are going to appeal against the August 22 decision of the Nizami District Court.

Faramaz Novruzoglu was sentenced to 4,5 years in jail under Article 220.2 (Appeals to mass disorders and violence against citizens) and 318.1 (Crossing protected frontiers of the Azerbaijan Republic without established documents or outside of check point of frontier). It is alleged that in 2011 ahead of March 11 Great People’s Day (a Facebook event) Faramaz Novruzoglu, under the nickname of Elchin Ilgaroglu, called upon people to riot, promising to burn himself during the action. He allegedly crossed the Azerbaijani-Turkish border and lived there illegally from November 2010 until October 2011. Novruzoglu is also required to pay 1350 AZN fine imposed on him by November 5, 2010 decision of the Narimanov District Court and 70 AZN in compensation for the expenses of forensic medical exam carried out during the last trial. Novruzoglu will serve his jail sentence in a “strict regime” prison.

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