January 18, 2007 -- Azerbaijani authorities have detained 16 people on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
National Security Ministry spokesman Arif Babayev said the detainees are accused of preparing to seize power by force.
They were also accused of treason, organizing a criminal group, illegal weapons and drugs possession, and printing counterfeit money.
The names of the detainees, who were apprehended several days ago, were not released.
Human Rights In Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani parliamentarian and historian Jamil Hasanli speaking at RFE/RL on November 29 (RFE/RL)
THE CURSE OF OIL. On November 29, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing on democratic development in Azerbaijan. The briefing featured liberal opposition lawmaker Jamil Hasanli and former political prisoner and activist Murad Sadaddinov. The two men discussed the international commitments Azerbaijan has made in the area of human rights in order to secure investment in its energy sector and offer advice as to how the international community should deal with Baku.