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Azerbaijani Youth Activists Expelled From University

Tural Abbasli, leader of the Musavat Youth Organization, is one of the expellees.
BAKU -- Two youth activists from Azerbaijani opposition parties have been expelled from Baku State University in the past week, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Tural Abbasli, head of the Musavat party youth wing, was expelled on April 6, it emerged on April 11. He was studying for a master's degree in journalism and was due to graduate this year.

Yalchin Alizadeh, dean of the journalism faculty, told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that Abbasli was expelled for missing 100 hours of classes and not paying the annual tuition fee of 900 manats ($1,135) for the period from September 2010 till March 31, 2011.

Abbasli's mother, Bashkhanim Abbasli, also a member of the Musavat party, told RFE/RL he was expelled for his political views. She said two of his exams coincided with the opposition protests on March 12 and April 2 but he could not sit those exams as he was detained on the eve of the protests.

The other expelled student is Javid Mehraliyev, a member of the opposition Classical Azerbaijan Popular Front Party. He participated in recent opposition protests and was expelled from Baku State University on April 5. He told RFE/RL last week that he was designated absent even when he attended classes.

Baku State University officials deny the two men were expelled for their political views.

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