21 May 2022, 12:17

"Muslim Unity" activist arrested in Baku

The court has placed Agali Yakhyaev in custody for 30 days, finding him guilty of hooliganism and disobedience to the police at an action held in support of Razi Gumbatov, an activist of the "Muslim Unity" movement, in Baku. Two other activists detained there were released from the police; the whereabouts of two others is unknown, Arzu Abdulla, the head of the Committee for the Protection of Islamists' Rights, has stated.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 20, a court in Baku found Gumbatov guilty of illegal drug dealing and sentenced him to six years of freedom deprivation. Policemen dispersed the crowd of believers who came to the court building to support the activist. Several persons were detained.

Five religious activists were detained near the building of the Baku Court for Grave Crimes, Ms Abdulla has informed.

She believes that policemen themselves had violated the law by not allowing people to enter the courthouse, and then dispersed the believers, who were calmly waiting for the end of the trial.

According to her story, two detainees – Suleiman Alekperov and Mail Kerimli – were released by the evening. By Friday (May 20) midnight, the fate of two other detainees, Imran Mamedli and Elgiz Mamedov, remained unknown.

The information about Yakhyaev's arrest, the release of two detainees and the absence of any data about the fate of two other activists was confirmed by Rufat Safarov, the executive director of the NGO "Defence Line".

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 21, 2022 at 00:59 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid Source: CK correspondent

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