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Political Graffiti Behind Bogus Jailing in Azerbaijan

Expand Policemen taking Bayram Mammadov from the Khatai District Court of Baku to the remand prison, 6 September 2016.   © 2016 Khayala Aghamaliyeva. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has just ruled that the arrest and prosecution on drugs charges of two prominent youth activists in Azerbaijan was politically motivated. The court held that the real purpose for Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov’s arbitrary arrest, detention, and prosecution was that they “had painted political graffiti on the statue of a former president.” Police had detained Mammadov and Ibrahimov in May 2016 after…

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