RWB condems decision of azerbaijan’s supreme court about Hilal Mammadov

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Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by Azerbaijan’s supreme court to confirm well-known newspaper editor Hilal Mammadov’s five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of drug trafficking, inciting hate, and high treason.

Mammadov’s lawyer had asked the supreme court to free him at once and quash his September 2013 conviction (upheld on 25 December) on the grounds that that he was the victim of many procedural violations and that the prosecution fabricated the evidence against him.

The editor of the Talysh-language newspaper Tolishi Sado, Mammadov has always denied the charges. His lawyer said he would now appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

Held since June 2012, Mammadov is one of the political prisoners whose existence was again denied by President Ilham Aliyev yesterday when addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Committee for the Defence of Hilal Mammadov’s rights petitioned the supreme court at the start of June, stressing the dangers that continued detention poses to Mammadov’s health.

He has respiratory and immunological problems and is very exposed to the possibility of infection because he is being held in a hut with 130 other people. The level of hygiene and medical attention in Azerbaijan’s prisons is poor.

Tolishi Sado’s previous editor, Novruzali Mamedov, died in a Baku prison hospital for lack of proper medical attention in 2009, a year after being sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying and inciting hatred.

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RWB condems decision of azerbaijan’s supreme court about Hilal Mammadov

June 28th, 2014

062800082809
Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by Azerbaijan’s supreme court to confirm well-known newspaper editor Hilal Mammadov’s five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of drug trafficking, inciting hate, and high treason.

Mammadov’s lawyer had asked the supreme court to free him at once and quash his September 2013 conviction (upheld on 25 December) on the grounds that that he was the victim of many procedural violations and that the prosecution fabricated the evidence against him.

The editor of the Talysh-language newspaper Tolishi Sado, Mammadov has always denied the charges. His lawyer said he would now appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

Held since June 2012, Mammadov is one of the political prisoners whose existence was again denied by President Ilham Aliyev yesterday when addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Committee for the Defence of Hilal Mammadov’s rights petitioned the supreme court at the start of June, stressing the dangers that continued detention poses to Mammadov’s health.

He has respiratory and immunological problems and is very exposed to the possibility of infection because he is being held in a hut with 130 other people. The level of hygiene and medical attention in Azerbaijan’s prisons is poor.

Tolishi Sado’s previous editor, Novruzali Mamedov, died in a Baku prison hospital for lack of proper medical attention in 2009, a year after being sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying and inciting hatred.

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