NIDA activists sentenced to long prison terms (Video - UPDATED)

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes announced the verdict for the NIDA movement activists. The court sentenced Rashadat Akhundov, Zaur Gurbanly and Ilkin Rustamzadeh to 8 years' imprisonment, Rashad Hasanov and Mamed Azizov – to 7.5 years, Uzeyir Mammadov and Bakhtiyar Guliyev – to 7 years, and Shahin Novruzlu – to 6 years of imprisonment.

All of them were found guilty of organizing mass disturbances during the protest against soldiers' deaths in the army on March 10, 2013.

The court also found them guilty of illegal possession of explosives and drugs and disorderly conduct.

Recall that Amnesty International recognized all these activists " prisoners of conscience" . -16 06D-

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2014 May 06 (Tuesday) 11:26:28

Near the building of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes has launched a campaign in support of the eight activists NIDA, which are now expected to sentencing.

Reinforced police drove about 100 participants in the public support from the doors of the court to the opposite side of the street.

Young people unfurled a banner with quote from Heydar Aliyev : "Injustice is not possible to restore justice " and " Freedom and Justice for NIDA members». However, the police immediately rushed and ripped out the poster.

Police also hampered the work of journalists, not allowing them to make images.

Recall that the prosecutor offered to condemn all the activists to prison terms ranging from 6.5 - 8 to 5 years. -16D-

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