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Six Azerbaijani Oppositionists Jailed Over April Protest

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Six Azerbaijani opposition activists have been jailed for up to three years over an antigovernment protest in Baku four months ago that was broken up by police, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The six have received prison terms ranging from 11/2 to three years on charges of "organizing actions resulting in the violation of public order and resisting and using force against government officials."

Zulfuqar Eyvazli and Babak Hasanov were jailed for 18 months; Sahib Karimov and Elshan Hasanov for two years; Elnur Israfilov for 2 1/2 years; and Arif Alishli for three years.

Dozens of activists were detained as they tried to stage the April 2 protest, which was organized by the opposition Public Chamber.

The trial of eight other protest participants is still going on. All reject the charges against them as politically motivated.

An RFE/RL correspondent reported from the court room on August 25 that the defendants' relatives sang the Azerbaijani anthem to protest the verdict.

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