The activists of the human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the decision of the court of Azerbaijan sentenced to 10 years in prison, a youth activist who drew graffiti on the monument in honor of the former President of Azerbaijan. As reported by Amnesty International, formally the sentence is associated with drug trafficking, what activist GIAS Ibragimov were forced to confess under torture.

Deputy Director regional programs of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Denis Krivosheev said: “the Recognition of GIAS Ibragimov guilty of a blatant travesty of justice. He was arrested for the slogan on the monument, and then was forced under torture to “confess” to serious crimes associated with drug trafficking. And now the government want him to spend the rest of his youth behind bars on trumped-up charges”.

“It is unfortunate to know that are ready to go the authorities of Azerbaijan to force critics to silence. Urge them to cancel the verdict based on trumped-up charges and the immediate release of GIAS Ibragimova, as well as to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of torture and other cruel treatment,” he added.

The trial in the Baku court on grave crimes held on October 25. Ibragimov was sentenced to 10 years in prison, finding him guilty under article 234 of the Criminal code of Azerbaijan. Note that the decision of the court is awaiting a colleague of the activist Bayram Mammadov, who is facing a similar punishment.

Members of the democratic youth movement “Nida” Ibragimova and Mammadov was detained may 9, 2016 after Mammadov posted to Facebook a photo of the graffiti they left on the monument of the late President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, father of the current leader of the country Ilham Aliyev.

According to police, young people have seized about eight grams of heroin, however on interrogation they were interested in only the graffiti, said Amnesty International. The police several times demanded from students a public apology for insulting the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. They refused, after which they were beaten, threatened with rape and forced to clean toilets in the Department, while removing the camera. According to the lawyer, after questioning the young people were all bruised.

“Azerbaijan has harshly persecuted human rights defenders, political activists and independent journalists, all dissidents are threatened by blackmail, torture and physical violence. Encourage international partners to put pressure on the authorities of Azerbaijan to force them to fulfil the commitments undertaken in the framework of international law,” said Denis Krivosheev.

In Azerbaijan, young activist who painted graffiti on the monument to the President, was sentenced to 10 years in prison 28.10.2016

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