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Popular Blogger Mehman Huseynov Has Been Jailed

Date: 2017-01-09

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Author: IDFI

Posted Category : Local NGO representative,Court,Blogs,Azerbaijan,Imprisoned,Europe,

On 9 January police kidnapped and held Mehman Huseynov for several hours driving him around and torturing him. They covered his head with a sack of restrict his breathing and schocked him with a stun gun. After holding him overnight the authorities fined him 200 manat and released him. He then openly spoke about his torture and detention to the press and directly to the public through blogging and his work with IRFS. Because he reported the torture the authorities proceeded to charge him with criminal defamation. Between Mehman's report of torture and the actual court case for criminal defamination, Mehman continued his work and produced a satirical video asking the avarage citizen if they would appoint their spouse to be vice president of their company. This was an obvious reference to the fact that the president of Azerbaijan appointed his wife to the newly invented position of First Vice President. After this report went viral the court sentenced Mehman to two years in prison after it originally seemed they would not be too harsh on him. more