JOINT STATEMENT: Another human rights lawyer at risk of disbarment in Azerbaijan

  The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the other undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express serious concern regarding the on-going disciplinary case against Yalchin Imanov, a prominent human rights lawyer in Azerbaijan. Any disciplinary sanctions against the lawyer could severely undermine his independence as member of the legal profession and hinder his important and legitimate professional activity. “The recent judicial harassment against Imanov and many other independent lawyers in Azerbaijan contravenes obligations Azerbaijan has undertaken before the international community,” Secretary General Bjørn Engesland of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee...

Murad Adilov’s lawyer reveals new facts about the case

Lawyer Yalchin Imanov has discovered interesting facts regarding the case of APFP activist Murad Adilov, according to a post on his Facebook page:   “I have obtained another piece of information about Agakishiyev Elchin Atakhan oglu, who was a circumstantial witness in the politically-motivated criminal case against political prisoner Murad Adilov. According to the Interior Ministry Head Operation and Statistical Information Department’s letter of response to my inquiry, this person was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail by Ali-Bayramli (Shirvan) City Court under article 234.2 of the...

Opposition activist Murad Adilov sentenced to 6 years in prison

    On May 14, Lankaran Grave Crimes Court passed a verdict on Murad Adilov, an activist of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP). He was convicted under article 234.4.3 (drug trafficking at a large scale) and sentenced to 6 years in jail. The prosecutor had requested a 7-year sentence for Adilov.   In his final speech, Murad Adilov stated that he was being prosecuted for political reasons, related to his brother Natig Adilov’s work as an opposition activist and journalist. Natig Adilov is the presenter of the online...
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