Azerbaijan: Opposition Activist Sentenced To Ten Years On Charges He Denies

Source: Radio Free Europe [US state media]

“A member of the opposition Popular Front Of Azerbaijan (AXCP) who has openly criticized the government of authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev for ‘ignoring the needs of children’ in lower-income families has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a stabbing charge he vehemently denies. A court in Baku sentenced Aqil Humbatov on November 15 after it found him guilty of stabbing Yaman Mammadov in August. Humbatov has rejected the charge, claiming that he was framed by the police. He insists that Mammadov purposely injured himself with a knife after staging a confrontation with him.” (11/15/21)