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Azerbaijani Opposition Leader's Son Gets 25 Days In Jail

Azerbaijani opposition leader Ali Kerimli's son Turkel attends an opposition rally in Baku on September 22.
BAKU -- A son of the leader of opposition the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party (AXCP) has been sentenced to 25 days in jail.

A court in Baku on September 23 convicted Turkel Kerimli of intentionally destroying posters with the portraits of presidential candidates.

Kerimli and two associates were arrested on September 22 in Baku during a rally to support the united opposition's presidential candidate, Camil Hasanli.

Kerimli's associates were also sentenced to 20 and 30 days in jail.

Kerimli's father, AXCP leader Ali Kerimli, told journalists on September 23 that his son's arrest was an attempt by the authorities to pressure him over his political activities in support of Hasanli.

The October 9 presidential election pits Hasanli against incumbent Ilham Aliyev, who has held power since succeeding his father in 2003.