05 May 2021, 17:17
Relatives of convicts under "Ganja case" demand MPs' help
On May 4, at their protest action held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, near the parliament building, relatives of those convicted under the so-called "Ganja case" demanded to release the convicts. Prior to parliamentary elections, candidates for MPs had promised to help the prisoners, but after the voting they forgot about them, activists assert. Policemen forced the protesting women into a bus and took them away.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that relatives of those convicted within the "Ganja case" are constantly holding actions in support of their convicted family members. Thus, on February 9, 2021, among the women who came to the US Embassy in Baku to rally in defence of political prisoners, there were mothers of two persons involved in the "Ganja case".
On March 18, 2021, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev signed a pardoning decree, which covered three persons involved in the "Ganja case". However, the list of political prisoners, compiled by the Union "For Freedom of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners", still contains 38 persons in the group "Convicted under the Ganja case".