NEWS
Azerbaijan: "Tortured" singer flees country
18 May 2012
BY MARTA COOPER

A 24-year-old Azerbaijani musician who says he was tortured by police after he insulted the country’s president during a concert has fled to Germany over concerns for his safety. Jamal Ali had criticised President Ilham Aliyev and his late mother during the concert in Baku in March, and was charged with hooliganism after an argument with the concert’s organisers. He and two other musicians were sentenced to 10 days’ detention, during which time Ali claims he was tortured. His escape comes just days before the Eurovision song contest, due to be held in the former Soviet country on 26 May.

2 responses to “Azerbaijan: “Tortured” singer flees country”

  1. Jamal Ali says:

    shut up

  2. Natalie says:

    And why wasn’t it written in the article, that Jamal Ali said nothing but offensive language and abuses and not only against the President in his speech at the rally? If “the freedom of speech” is equal to “the freedom of unpunished abuse” in understanding of the Europeans, then we don’t want such the “freedom of speech”.
    And besides that, the oppositionists themselves participating at that very rally lowered Jamal Ali from the rostrum for his swearing and outrages.