Blogger, social media activist, imprisoned since 22 November 2013.
ROLE: Blogger and social media activist
FOCUS: Abilov was formerly the administrator of two anti-Aliyev Facebook pages: “Yaltaqlara dur deyək!” (“Stop those flattering the regime!”) and “Seçki saxtakarlığı” (“Election fraud”).
ARRESTED: 22 November, 2013
CHARGE: Illegal possession, storage, and manufacturing or sale of drugs
CONVICTED: On 27 May, 2014, Abilov was sentenced at the Grave Crimes Court in Baku to five and a half years imprisonment.
CASE DETAILS: The day Abilov was arrested, authorities claimed to have found illegal drugs both at Abilov’s home and on his person. Abilov maintained that the drugs had been planted on him, and his lawyer reported that during the subsequent interrogation by the police, he was only questioned about his activism and relationship with the opposition Popular Front Party.
Before his case went to trial, he was held in a pre-trial detention facility. Abilov appealed his five and a half year prison term; however, on 17 November 2014, the Baku Court of Appeal upheld the judgment against Abilov. He subsequently challenged this decision, butin February 2015, the Supreme Court dismissed the cassational appeal. Having exhausted all domestic legal remedies, Abilov lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on 21 April 2016. His case is pending consideration.
CURRENT STATUS: Imprisoned
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: According to the N!DA Civic Movement, Abilov spent a short spell in solitary confinement for fraternisation with another political prisoner. Since his imprisonment, he is also reported to be suffering health problems. His mother Nurjahan Abilova, who has visited him in jail, has appealed to the president for her son to be pardoned.
Compiled by ARTICLE 19 from a variety of sources.