Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges

Update: 15 Apr 2016 State replied
Year 02 Apr 2015 Country Azerbaijan Category B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 1
02 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists State EFJ/IFJ Level 1

Seymour Hazi is a reporter for the opposition newspaper “Azadliq” and a leading anchor for “Azerbaijan Saati” (Azerbaijani Hour) TV program, a cable news channel. He is known for his comments and analysis which are often critical of Azerbaijani authorities. Police arrested him on 29 August 2014, alleging that he had attacked a man at a bus stop. He was charged of hooliganism and sentenced to five years in prison, a sentence considered disproportionate as no aggravating circumstances were established as a justification. Hazi believed authorities had orchestrated the altercation to provide a motive for his arrest. Alert : 1 detention

Updates

15 Apr 2016 : On 15 April 2016 the Supreme Court dismissed Seymour Hazi`s cassation appeal.

State replies

01 Jun 2015 : Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan
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