U.S. Embassy Statement on the September 3 conviction of Tofiq Yagublu

The U.S. Embassy is disappointed by the September 3 conviction of Tofiq Yagublu on charges that appear to have been fabricated.  Mr. Yagublu was denied numerous elements of due process throughout his detention and trial.  We call on the Azerbaijani Government to reverse the string of recent politically-motivated detentions, reevaluate Mr. Yagublu’s case, and respect the fundamental freedoms of speech and association guaranteed to all Azerbaijanis under their constitution.
The U.S. Embassy welcomes the recent registration of the REAL political party.