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    Baku, Azerbaijan
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    Protest in support of NIDA activists before setting a trial


    Police took heightened security measures in connection with the next hearing on the case of NIDA activists, which was planned on Thursday with the final word of the accused.


    The courthouse was cordoned off around the perimeter, but many people came to the building before. Another part of the citizens gathered in front of the courthouse.


    Despite the increased public interest in the trial, the administration of the court took no action to let a large number of people attend the trial. Many journalists were not let into the room.


    Later, the journalists were forced out of the stairs of the court. Particularly zealous was a burly with a captain rank, who did not hesitate to push even female journalists rudely.


    At the court hearing Rashadat Akhundov spoke on behalf of all the defendants with concluding remarks, denying all the charges and calling them politically motivated. The judge announced the sentencing on May 6.


    Earlier, the prosecutor offered to condemn 8 NIDA activists to prison terms ranging from 6.5 to 8.5 years. They are accused of planning riots during a protest of March 10, 2013 against the soldiers' deaths. Amnesty International recognized all the accused " prisoners of conscience".


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