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Azerbaijani Rights Lawyer Jailed, Opposition Activist Missing

BAKU -- A human rights lawyer activist Elcin Namazov has been sentenced to 15 days in jail in Azerbaijan.

Namazov's brother, Akram, told RFE/RL on November 26 that the activist had been found guilty of disobeying police and sentenced on November 25.

He said he fears his brother, whose office was searched on November 25 by police who confiscated documents, could face further charges.

Meanwhile, representatives of Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party told RFE/RL that a party activist, Asif Yusifli, went missing on November 25.

Colleagues fear that he might have been detained by police.

Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry declined to comment on Yusifli's situation.

Western states and rights groups have repeatedly accused President Ilham Aliyev's government of stifling dissent and restricting basic freedoms in the oil-producing Caspian Sea state.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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