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Azerbaijani Minority Journalist Detained On Drug Charges

Azerbaijan's Talysh-language newspaper "Tolisi sado"Azerbaijan's Talysh-language newspaper "Tolisi sado"
Azerbaijan's Talysh-language newspaper "Tolisi sado"
Azerbaijan's Talysh-language newspaper "Tolisi sado"
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- A court in Baku has sanctioned a three-month pretrial detention period for the chief editor of the Baku-based "Tolisi sado" (The Voice of Talysh) independent newspaper. 

Hilal Mamedov was arrested on June 21 and accused of possession of illegal drugs.

The nongovernmental Baku Institute for Peace and Democracy said on June 22 that Mamedov was abducted by unknown individuals on June 21, and later his relatives were informed he had been arrested.

Mamedov's relatives say he has never used drugs and that they believe the arrest is politically motivated.

No response to the allegation was immediately available from police.

Mamedov's newspaper is printed in the Talysh language, a branch of Persian.

The Talysh minority's leader in Azerbaijan, Novruzali Mamedov, who edited the newspaper before Mamedov, died in prison in 2009 after he was found guilty of spying for Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

With reporting by
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Comment Sorting
by: V.S. from: Baku
June 22, 2012 11:49
Why immediately and outright "alleged"? Of course, the relatives will say he never dealt with drugs. Who admits it? No one. Besides, what does it have to do with "minorities"? Why do you make this linkage? Are the minorities exempt from prosecution for committing crimes? I am sorry, dear RFERL, but belonging to minority does not give anyone immunity from prosecution for committing crimes and does not let them freely sell drugs. The area where this guy is coming from is notirious for being one of the major routes for drug trafficking from Afghanistan and Iran and then further through this region. So, please be very careful while using the word "alleged". He could well deserve being behind the bar, but again, this is not up to us decide - it is up to the court to rule.
In Response

by: Sinav from: South Azerbaijan
June 29, 2012 10:44
RFE/RL’s bias is getting more nauseating than ever before and we cannot really afford tolerating the burden of being sick of RFE/RL’s machinations. I really can’t understand why the government is not shutting down this source of espionage.

by: V.S. from: Baku
June 22, 2012 16:39
As a matter o fact, in US Hispanics make up a large prison population. Should we then claim this is an all-out movement against a minority group? RFERL, please stop politicizing the issue!

by: I knew Hilal Mamadov from: Washington DC
June 23, 2012 07:58
The charges are lies - Everyone knows it. The Arab Spring is coming to Azerbaijan if they convict Hilal Mamadov of lies.

by: Kervan from: Naxcivan
July 01, 2012 20:11
Same crap happened in Iran against ethnic Azeris. RFERL why no report on this???

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