Jailed Azerbaijan opposition leader given house arrest

Azerbaijan on Friday released from prison a prominent opposition leader and placed him under house arrest, his lawyer said, while rights groups called for the politician’s acquittal.The deputy chairman of the anti-government Musavat party, Tofig Yagublu, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison earlier this month.The leading opponent of strongman President Ilham Aliyev has denied hooliganism charges against him as politically motivated.The court of appeals in the capital Baku “has ruled to transfer my client from prison to house arrest”, his lawyer Elchin Sadykhov told AFP.Human …

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