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Azerbaijani Newspaper Editor Charged With Treason

Editor Hilal Mamedov (right) of the Talysh-language independent newspaper "Tolishi Sada" is escorted by police in Baku on June 22.Editor Hilal Mamedov (right) of the Talysh-language independent newspaper "Tolishi Sada" is escorted by police in Baku on June 22.
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Editor Hilal Mamedov (right) of the Talysh-language independent newspaper "Tolishi Sada" is escorted by police in Baku on June 22.
Editor Hilal Mamedov (right) of the Talysh-language independent newspaper "Tolishi Sada" is escorted by police in Baku on June 22.
BAKU -- Authorities in Azerbaijan have charged a journalist and rights activist with treason in a case widely seen as politically motivated.

A lawyer for Hilal Mamedov said his client was facing charges of high treason and incitement of ethnic, religious, and racial hatred.

Mamedov, the editor of the Baku-based independent newspaper "Tolisi sado" (The Voice of Talysh), is currently in pretrial detention following his June 21 detention on suspicion of heroin possession.

The newspaper is printed in the Talysh language, a branch of Persian.

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

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
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by: Camel Anaazer from: Kurdistan
July 04, 2012 20:22
Another example of real demockracy and freedom of speech in the petrol station of Ilhamistan.We all thank the east and west for their sincere,true and totally idealistic bleeding heart concern for human rights in Ali Babas Ilhamistan.How about a trade embargo,economic sanctions and throwing Ilham Babalievich`s stooges out of the UN???Thanks in advance!!!
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by: Alex from: LA
July 05, 2012 23:07
In the name of doing business we will turn our heads away from all the things (freedoms) we killed millions for in other places, because they didn't do business with us. There is no righteous wars, since WWII, they are all done to open up markets/states that were closed for West. So when we wake up in the mornings and look at the financial markets and see green/+. This is all and ethical question that the ones in positioan to do something about it, don't do anything to improve the system, but the rape the system until we have depressions, the tyranny of the "IRON TRIANGLE" of political life in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA MUST BE STOPPED BY A BRAVE PRESIDENT AND PARTY!!!
Keep on dreaming citizenry, we are mere experiment for these politicians, that are the biggest crooks in the history, that are getting away with everything. Perfect example is G.W.Bush and Sultan of Saudi Arabia.
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by: Sinav from: South Azerbaijan
July 06, 2012 08:54
You’d better care about the number of emigrations from Armenia and the way you can salvage yourselves from being a Russian satellite for the sake of morsel independence.

by: Jonathon Juffreys from: California
July 10, 2012 01:38
Why would I not be surprised if it comes out that Samir Sharifov is behind this high treason. He is definitely capable of treason, but drug involvement to? He is involved in bribery why not drug trafficking?

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