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Relative Of Azerbaijan Activist Arrested On Drugs Charges

  • RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

A brother-in-law of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist-in-exile has been arrested on drugs-related charges.

Nazim Agabeyov, brother-in-law of activist Emin Milli, was arrested in Baku on July 27. Milli says the accusations are "bogus and absurd."

Milli, who is the director of the Meydan TV online television project, said that it is "a widespread practice" of the Azerbaijani government to "punish relatives, family members, and take them as hostages."

Milli said several weeks ago that he had been threatened with death by Azerbaijani Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Azad Rahimov.

Milli added that the government's goal is to shut down Meydan TV, and he vowed to continue working despite the threats and intimidation.