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Azerbaijani religious figure arrested over protest against Iran-Armenia relations released

The famous Azerbaijani religious figure arrested over the protest against the expansion of Iran-Armenia relations has been released.

APA reports quoting Oyannews agency that Hojjat al-Islam Abdulaziz Azimi Gadim was released from the central prison in Tabriz on January 29 as term of his sentence expired.

Gadim was arrested during the protest against the relations between Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan Province and Armenia in Maragheh, Iran on December 27, 2012. For some time the Azerbaijani activist was held at a unit of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security in Tabriz. On February 10, 2013 he was sent to Tabriz prison and released advance on pawn on March 24.

The hearing on Gadim’s case took place at Tabriz Supreme Religious Court on July 1. The Azerbaijani activist faced charges under anti-government campaign and participation in unauthorized demonstrations. The hearing was held behind closed doors. He was sentenced to 7 months and one day in prison. On September 18, 2013, Gadim was sentenced to the central prison in Tabriz to serve his sentence.

He was also arrested earlier. In 2005-2006, the Amnesty International issued three statements on him.

Source: APA