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2023, 29 May, Bazar ertəsi, Bakı vaxtı 12:05

Leyla Yunus Beaten In Jail, Says Lawyer

Azerbaijan. Baku. Leyla Yunus, the head of Peace and Democracy İnstitute

November 5, the preliminary hearing was held in connection with the complaints from Leyla and Arif Yunus.

While the defense petitioned the replacement of pre-trial detention with house arrest, and the court to carry out the investigation, both petitions were dismissed.

During the hearing, Leyla and her husband Arif Yunus were placed inside the glass cage. Inside, Yunus showed the courtroom attendants marks on her neck. Later her lawyer Elchin Sadigov explained Mrs.Yunus was beaten and that those marks were from that beating.

Next hearing is scheduled for November 12.

The couple was arrested in 2014 and accused of a number of crimes, which both the couple and the international community of human rights watchdogs describe as bogus. The couple was sentenced on august 13 with Leyla Yunus currently serving the 8.5 year sentence and her husband Arif Yunus serving the 7 year sentence.