activist and lawyer Ilham Aslanoglu arrested

On June 10, lawyer and activist Ilham Aslanoglu was sentenced to six months in prison on insult charges according to reporting by Turan News Agency. Aslanoglu is known for his public investigation of the Terter case – a “notorious case in which dozens of military officers accused of spying for Armenia were tortured.”

Aslanoglu’s lawyer speaking to Turan News Agency said the court found his client guilty based on a complaint filed on April 22 by Egyana Alekperova, who felt she was insulted while watching Aslanoglu’s video on YouTube channel AzerFreedom TV  about the Terter Case.

According to the Caucasian Knot website, this is Aslanoglu’s second sentence in one year on similar charges. The lawyer was sentenced to five months in January 2022 on charges of slander. Aslanoglu was released in March following the ruling by the court of appeal.

Aslanoglu’s lawyer told Caucasian Knot there were no alleged insults in the video. Aslanoglu was a guest on the show and therefore, was not responsible for comments made by other participants of the show, explained the lawyer.