The families of two controversially jailed Azerbaijani bloggers have called on US President Barak Obama to request the young men's release during his planned September 24 discussions with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The Caucasus leader will have to heed the voice of the world’s “most powerful democracy,” the families of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli wrote in an open letter to Obama. The two were arrested in July last year, shortly after posting a video on YouTube that lampooned Azerbaijan’s perceived authoritarian rule and lapdog press. They are currently serving two-year and two-and-a-half-year prison terms, respectively, on hooliganism charges.
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