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Alert created on: 05 Jun 2017 Azerbaijan

Freelance Journalist, Nijat Amiraslanov, Sentenced to 30 Days Imprisonment

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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On 22 May 2017 freelance journalist, Nijat Amiraslanov, known for his critical reports for local and regional media about poverty in the region and corruption among local officials, was detained in the Gazakh region of north-western Azerbaijan.

On 23 May 2017 Amiraslanov appeared before Gazakh Regional Court, which found him guilty under Article 535.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences (‘disobeying police orders’) and sentenced him to 30 days’ administrative arrest.

According to reports by the Turan news agency in Azerbaijan, human rights activist, Bashir Suleymanly, believes that Amiraslanov was detained as a result of recent posts he has made on social media which are critical of the Azerbaijani authorities.
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22 Jun 2017
On 22 June 2017 Nijat Amiraslanov was released at the end of the administrative detention.
09 Jun 2017
On 3 June 2017, Nijat Amiraslanov appeared before the Gazakh district court of appeal. According to his lawyer, Amiraslanov was forced to retract his appeal against the court’s decision sentencing him to administrative arrest. He was reportedly submitted to torture during his detention.
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