Azerbaijani Politics 10 january — 12:03

Siyavush Novruzov: 'Release Mehman Huseynov...'

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'I have always said, release them. They wrote a lot about Ilgar Mammadov. Well, he was released, and what did he do?' Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling 'Yeni Azerbaycan' (New Azerbaijan) Party (YAP) Siyavush Novruzov said in an interview with the Yeni Musavat newspaper, commenting on the situation around the arrested blogger Mehman Huseynov.

'Keeping Mehman Huseynov under arrest... And what will he do when he is released? We have a legal state. But there are things that are bad for people, pushing them to break the law. No matter who he is, a member of YAP, PFPA, Musavat or another organisation, he should not break the law. Do not think that if I am a member of the party, they will protect me. The law is the same for everybody,' he said.

Siyavush Novruzov also complained that Azerbaijanis living abroad do not write anything about Dilgam Askerov, whom Armenians sentenced to life imprisonment for visiting the graves of his parents in Karabakh. And at the same time they write about Mehman Huseynov.

'Every person has a property right. Someone earns it a legal way, someone not. Let the court deal with illegal actions. Someone organised a business in Russia, earned money and built a house in Azerbaijan. Who gives you the right to get into his property? Now everyone says that they are bloggers and journalists. Dismissed yesterday from work today they represent themselves as human rights defenders. Then let me declare myself the president of the United States. Is this possible?' considers S.Novruzov.

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