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Azeri Court Sentences Four More Opposition Activists to Prison

October 10, 2011

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- A court in Azerbaijan sentenced four more opposition members to prison terms ranging from 1 1/2 years to three years in connection with political protests in April in Baku, the oil-rich Caspian Sea country’s capital.

This brought to 13 the total number of opposition activists who have been jailed for participating in rallies that sought to replicate the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Judge Sahin Abdullayev of Baku’s Nasimi District Court convicted the members of the opposition parties Equality and the People’s Front of Azerbaijan of disrupting public order, resisting the police and damaging private property, defense lawyer Osman Kazimli said by phone.

“This was a politically ordered verdict,” Kazimli said.

Supporters outside the courtroom chanted “Freedom” and sang Azerbaijan’s national anthem in protest. Police dispersed the demonstrators and detained three of them, according to the private news agency Turan.

--Editors: Leon Mangasarian, Jennifer Freedman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zulfugar Agayev in Baku at zagayev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hellmuth Tromm at htromm@bloomberg.net


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