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Azerbaijani political activist Jabbar Savalan arrested in Sumgait

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the evening of 5 February, member of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Youth Committee Jabbar Salavan was arrested in Sumgayit.

According to information given by chairman of the committee Abulfaz Gurbanli, he was apparently in possession of 0.17g of narcotic substances.

Jabbar Savalan is currently being held in Sumgayit Police Department.
Abulfaz Gurbanli says that, after the confrontation that took place between the police and opposition during the 21st anniversary of 20 January events, Mr. Savalan said he was being followed.

“On 5 February, he was with us at the Youth Committee Conference. Later we watched a film at Norwegian Human Rights House, and he went home to Sumgayit. We heard early this morning that he has been arrested, as narcotics were planted in his pocket. He was very politically active; he was always together with us [the youth committee]. His arrest relating to possession of drugs is completely ridiculous. Jabbar Savalan was a new party member and was arrested due to his political activity. He is a student, in his fourth year studying History at Sumgayit State University.”

Abulfaz Gurbanli considers that the drugs bring found in Jabbar Savalan’s pocket was something premeditated.

“This is directly related to ours and  Jabbar Savalan’s political activity.”

Jabbar Savalan was born in 1991 in Sumgayit.

Sumgayit Police Department has confirmed that Jabbar Savalan was held at the police station last night. However the police station has declined to provide additional information.

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