These Activists Are Set To Spend Ten Years In Jail After Spray Painting A Statue
Azeri activists Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammadov were arrested on what Amnesty International calls trumped up drug charges after tagging a statue of Azerbaijan's former president with graffiti.
Bayram Mammadov, a 21-year-old activist, was sentenced on Thursday to ten years in prison after spray-painting messages on a statue that criticized the regime in Azerbaijan.
He now joins Giyas Ibrahimov, 22, who in October was also sentenced to ten years behind bars under the same charges.
The additions to the statue read “Fuck the System” in English and “Congratulations on Slaves´ Day” in Azeri, both accompanied with the anarchist "A" symbol.
The two young men — both members of NIDA, a pro-democracy movement — were arrested the next day on drug charges, according to Amnesty International, but were only questioned about the graffiti.
Azerbaijan's Grave Crimes Court on Tuesday sentenced Ibrahimov to ten years in prison for drug possession, a sentence that Amnesty International says is an outrage.