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62 people pardoned, including two political prisoners, but most prisoners of conscience lacked from the list

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev yesterday pardoned 62 convicted persons.

The pardoned persons classified as follows:

I. The following prisoners have been freed from unserved term of their imprisonment

1. Abbasov Hafiz Tovarish
2. Abbasov Khanoglan Ata
3. Abushov Misir Sakit
4. Agayev Mammad Mazahir
5. Aliyev Agaverdi Abdurrahim
6. Babayev Nadir Agababa
7. Babayev Tarlan İmran
8. Bakhshiyev Amil Alakbar
9. Balajayev Fariz Volodya
10. Bashirov Ruslan Jalil
11. Dadashov Tehran Shirinjan
12. Ahmadov Mahammad İlgar
13. Alagayev Oruj Agashirin
14. Alakbarov Elshad Akif
15. Amirov Nemat İgbal
16. Asadov Kamil Matlab
17. Azimov Sadig Sahib
18. Feyziyev Javanshir Feyziyevich
19. Hasanov Bahruz Ayyub
20. Hasanov Elchin Ginyaz
21. Hasanov Hasan Kamil
22. Haziyev Khayal Feyruz
23. Huseynov Abdulahad Gurban
24. Huseynov Fuad Jabir
25. İsrafilov Elnur Arif
26. Garayev Aydin Amirahmad
27. Gasimov Aydin Zahid
28. Gasimov Emin Vahid
29. Gubchenko Dmitri Yuryevich
30. Guliyev Adail Gulbaba
31. Gurbanov Tural Muzaffar
32. Mehdiyev Elshad Asad
33. Mehdiyev Gabil Eldar
34. Mammadov Ali Sadig
35. Mammadov Huseyn Elkhan
36. Mammadov Teymur Sabir
37. Mammadova Rana Hajibala
38. Mardiyev Rahim Rufulla
39. Mukhtarov Seyfulla Eynulla
40. Musayev Ulkhan İsmayil
41. Nagiyev Ali Ali
42. Nazarov Royal Shahrza
43. Novruzov Asiman Arif
44. Nuriyev Mushfig Allahshukur
45. Nuriyev Teymurshah Gulmammad
46. Raisov İbrahim Omar
47. Rasulov Mirza Shirinaga
48. Salamov Rashad Aydin
49. Safarov Mammadbagir Garsalan
50. Samadov Sohrab Sayyad
51. Shahsuvarov Uzeyir Arif
52. Sharukhi Ali Yagub
53. Shukurov Ramil Akbar
54. Tagiyev Javid Zahid
55. Tahirov Ramil Adaham

II. Azerbaijani citizen İsgandarova Elnara Namil, born in 1978, who was sentenced to correctional tasks by Ganja city Nizami District Court on August 26, 2011, has been released.

III. The following persons, who were fined, are freed from punishment:

1. Gurbanov Agil İslam
2. Mamedov Ajdar Ali
3. Malikov Kamal Shirmammad
4. Mammadov Mirzahuseyn Agahuseyn
5. Masimova Rana Alitayyar
6. Murshudov Rusif Zohrab.

Among the pardoned  there are two  political prisoners: the head of the youth organization “Yeni Fikir” (“New Generation”) Ruslan Bashirli and Elnur Israfilov.

Bashirli was sentenced in 2005 to seven years on charges with a  coup d’etat. More on his case you can read here: http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch-Archive/Detail/?id=108363&lng=en

Israfilov was sentenced to three years of  imprisonment due to the rally on April 2, 2011.

Most politicians and human rights defenders expected a full pardon. The list of the pardoned lacked the names of those 16 arrested last year (but Elnur Israfilov, who wrote a letter of regret and request to be pardoned), whom Amnesty International enlisted as prisoners of conscience.

The chairman of Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, member of the Coordinating Council of the Public Chamber Mr. Ali Karimli and Chairman of Musavat party, member of the Coordinating Council of the Public Chamber Mr. Isa Gambar issued a statement expressing their concerns and regret over the list of pardoned, which lacked the names of the prisoners of conscience.

Mr. Ali Karimli expressed his sadness and joy: “On one hand, I’m happy that Elnur Israfilov and Ruslan Bashirli were freed from the hostage of the authorities, on the other hand regret that prisoners of conscience remained in the custody. Irrespective of the calls from the international community, international organizations and the Azerbaijani society, Ilham Aliyev preferred to keep his opponents in the custody. It seems he bears a strong malice to his rivals and sacrifices the national interests to his anger”.

He further said that critics of the government will increase and it will face reproaches. “The coming months will also follow the increased number of critics. Ilham Aliyev himself creates such a condition that the international media cover the prisoners, human rights, the challenges of democracy instead of “Eurovision” Song Contest. They have chosen their way and it leads them to precipice. Now, no cosmetic surgery may help the incumbent regime”.

Mr. Isa Gambar expressed his sadness over the pardon and considered it as a next fault step of the authorities: “This is a very big wrong-doing of Ilham Aliyev. Wrong-doings takes Azerbaijan and the government itself to a darker stage. I think that local and international community won’t put up with this. Our fight for the release of our friends of conscience will continue”.

Dear all,

We hope, you will continue your efforts to put a pressure on the authorities for the soonest release of the remaining prisoners of conscience.

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