Azerbaijani rights activist Intigam Aliyev was arrested yesterday and put on a three month pre-trial detention by the Nasimi District Court in Baku.
Aliyev was arrested for illegal entrepreneurship, abuse of power and tax evasion and will be held by authorities until a trial later this year determines his sentence. An appeal against his charges was also launched.
Aliyev’s lawyer Anar Gasymly has stated that his client denies all allegations and is considering his arrest to politically motivated.
The charges levied against Aliyev are similar to those used to arrest several activists and journalists in the last few months in what is believed to be a government crack down on anti-regime opinions.
In 2013 Aliyev was awarded the Homo Homini award for his work with persecuted individuals. It is believed that his work with as a human rights lawyer worked with those targeted by the Azerbaijani regime led to his arrest.