a court in Azerbaijan jails the host of a YouTube show

Abid Gafarov, was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of insult and slander by a court in Baku. Speaking to the media after the verdict, Gafarov’s lawyer, Elchind Sadigov, said the charges leveled against his client were bogus. Gafarov, hosted a YouTube channel Kim.TV [Who is?]. He is also known for his coverage of the “Terter case” – a “notorious case in which dozens of military officers accused of spying for Armenia were tortured.”

Gafarov, is the second person to be targeted in the last two months who have been previously involved in coverage of the Terter Case. On June 10, lawyer and activist Ilham Aslanoglu was sentenced to six months in prison on insult charges 

According to local media reports, Gafarov was arrested based on complaints by a group of war veterans who felt insulted after Gafarov said during one of his shows, that the veterans were acting “obediently” instead of standing up for their rights. 

The sentence was handed despite the group of veterans later withdrawing their complaint against Gafarov reported the news site Jam-News, “Veterans of the war, officially recognized as plaintiffs, wrote a corresponding statement about the withdrawal of the claim. Despite this, Judge Tarlan Akperov, who was in charge of this case, decided to refer the case to the Yasamal District Court.”

On July 16, a group of rights defenders issued a statement condemning Gafarov’s arrest. 

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.