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Azerbaijan Courts Convict Two Outspoken Government Critics

Expand Gozel Bayramli, deputy chair of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), was detained in one of the protest rallies in April 2011 in capital Baku .   © 2011 Azadliq Radiosu/RFERL The year has just started, and courts in Azerbaijan have already convicted two outspoken government critics on politically-motivated criminal charges. On Tuesday, a regional court sentenced Gozel Bayramli, deputy chair of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) to three years in prison. Earlier in January, another court sentenced Afgan Mukhtarli, a journalist and political activist,…

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