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    The Court of Appeal reduces Yadigar Sadigov’s term in prison to 4 years

    Consideration of the complaint of Yadigar Sadigova, adviser of the leader of the "Musavat" party, sentenced to six years in prison finished today in the Shirvan Court of Appeal. The court partially granted the appeal, and reduced the sentence from 6 to 4, according to Sadigov’s lawyer Adil Ismailov. He said that the defense tried to obtain an acquittal, and despite the reduction of imprisonment term, probably a cassation complaint will be filed against this decision.

    * Yadigar Sadigov was arrested on June 27, 2013 on the complaint of a local resident Rashid Karimov, who claimed that on June 25 Sadigov beat him in the teahouse in Lankaran. Kerimov’s statement was reprinted in the pro-government and state media before Sadigov’s detention. On January 13, 2014 Sadigov was sentenced to six years' imprisonment. Human rights organizations believe that Sadigov is persecuted for political reasons for his opposition activities, and social network activity. The Institute of Peace and Democracy honored him a human rights award "Isakhan Ashurov."
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