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Baku Ordered To Pay Compensation To Prominent Rights Defenders

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Azerbaijan to pay compensations to human rights activists Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus, for "inadequate medical treatment" that led to "prolonged mental and physical suffering."

In a ruling made public on June 2 , the Strasbourg-based court ordered Baku to pay 15,000 euros ($17,000) to each applicant.

Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus were arrested in summer 2014 and sentenced to 8 1/2 and 7 years in prison, respectively, in August 2015 for alleged economic crimes.

They were released on health grounds late last year and their prison sentences reduced to suspended sentences.

The sentencings were denounced as a travesty of justice by the two defendants and international human rights groups.

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