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Azerbaijan: Correspondent for Iranian media sentenced to two years in prison
12 Jun 2012
BY ALICE PURKISS

A journalist and government critic has been sentenced to two years in prison in Azerbaijan. Anar Bayramli, a correspondent for two Iranian media outlets, was sentenced for a drug possession charge following a controversial court case which was said to include contradictory evidence. Bayramli was arrested in February and charged with possession of four grams of heroin. The journalist was previously summoned by police on a number of occasions to disclose his political affiliation. The sentencing comes at a time when tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Iran are particularly heightened.

3 responses to “Azerbaijan: Correspondent for Iranian media sentenced to two years in prison”

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