Azeri Detention Upheld

Moscow Times
July 6 2004

Azeri Detention Upheld

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — An Azeri appeals court has upheld a lower
court’s decision to jail five activists who disrupted a NATO forum in
Baku last month to protest the involvement of two Armenian officers,
their lawyer said.

The protest, which briefly disrupted the NATO forum, highlighted the
still simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the
disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory.

Akif Nagi, head of the Organization of Karabakh Freedom, and five
other group members pushed through police cordons, broke glass doors
and stormed into a conference hall in Baku’s Europe Hotel on June 22.
The protesters and hotel security guards suffered minor injuries in
the incident in the hotel and the meeting resumed after several
minutes.

They were accused of hooliganism and ordered by the Nasimi Regional
Court in Baku to be held for two months. The appeals court upheld the
ruling Friday, lawyer Elchin Gambarov said.