29 Aug 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 n° 75/2015 Azerbaijan

Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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.
Updates
New 29 Aug 2019
On 29 August 2019, Seymour Hazi was released upon completion of his 5-year prison sentence.
15 Apr 2016
On 15 April 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed Seymour Hazi's cassation appeal.
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01 Jun 2015
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