Azerbaijan: Prominent Political Prisoner Asserts His Life Is in Danger
Ilgar Mammadov, a prominent political prisoner in Azerbaijan, says he was attacked recently by three prison officials, and expressed fear for his life.
Mammadov was arrested in early 2013 and received a seven-year sentence following conviction on a charge of inciting violence. At the time of his arrest, he was a leader of the Republican Alternative (REAL), a group opposing the policies of President Ilham Aliyev’s administration. Rights activists assert the criminal case against Mammadov was politically motivated. Shortly after his conviction in 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that his arrest violated the European Convention on Human Rights. The Azerbaijani government has ignored at least two appeals by the Council of Europe calling for Mammadov’s release.
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