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Azerbaijani activist freed
27 Dec 2011
BY NATASHA SCHMIDT

Azerbaijani Facebook activist Jabbar Savalan was released on 26 December after almost 11 months in prison. The teenager was released by presidential pardon along with 91 other political prisoners.

Savalan was arrested in early February after posting messages on Facebook calling for people to take part in anti-government protests. As with former prisoner Eynulla Fatullayev, he was sentenced on fabricated drug charges not directly related to his activism — a tactic increasingly used by authorities in Azerbaijan.

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