15 Apr 2016 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan
Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges
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.
15 Apr 2016
On 15 April 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed Seymour Hazi's cassation appeal.
01 Jun 2015
Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan
Journalists in detention