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2016, 24 Oktyabr, Bazar ertəsi, Bakı vaxtı 02:25

Azerbaijani Opposition Journalist Jailed For Eight Years

Məhkəmə Pərviz Həşimlini həbsdə saxlayıb

Məhkəmə Pərviz Həşimlini həbsdə saxlayıb

An opposition journalist in Azerbaijan has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

The Baku City Court for Serious Crimes found Parviz Hasimli guilty of illegal weapons possession on May 15.

Hasimli, editor of the news website Moderator and a reporter for the opposition daily "Bizim Yol" (Our Path), was arrested in September after police said they had found a pistol and 30 hand grenades in Hasimli's house.

Hasimli's supporters say the case is politically motivated.

His lawyer, Elcin Sadiqov, said earlier that police had not presented a warrant before searching his client's home.

Hasimli stated at the trial that he had been beaten and ill-treated while in National Security Ministry detention.

Hasimli's accusations were not considered by the judge.

The New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Azerbaijani authorities for falling short of its Council of Europe membership commitments, even as it takes a leading role in the organization.

Azerbaijan assumes the rotating chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers on May 14.

In a statement issued on May 14, HRW's senior South Caucasus researcher, Giorgi Gogia, called on the Council of Europe to pressure Azerbaijan to release "unjustly imprisoned government critics and undertake far-reaching rights reform."