Opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov kept as political prisoner

 Photo credit: the Council of Europe

Photo credit: the Council of Europe

Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan (App.15172/13)

The case concerns the arrest and detention of the applicant, an opposition politician, in violation of Articles 5, 6 and 18 of the Convention. The ECtHR concluded inter alia that the applicant was arrested for reasons other than those permitted by Article 5, namely to silence or punish the applicant for having criticized the Azerbaijani government.

The case was presented by human rights defender and chair of the Human Rights Club, Rasul Jafarov, whose arrest and pre-trial detention the ECtHR has also found politically motivated in his case Rasul Jafarov v Azerbaijan (App. 69981/14).