Career

Author, activist and staff member at Varlig and Parpaq publications

Charges

Acting against national security
Formation of illegal gatherings

Sentence

10 years' imprisonment plus two years in exile

Status

In prison

Akbar Azad In prison

Civil society activist and author Akbar Azad, originally from East Azerbaijan, was arrested at his home in Tehran on May 24, 2010. On February 21 2014, International Mother Language Day, Azad was arrested along with other civil activists while they were attending a seminar in Nasim Shahr, Tehran. He was taken to Evin Prison, and released three months later on a bail of US$30,000 bail.

Civil society activist and author Akbar Azad, originally from East Azerbaijan, was arrested at his home in Tehran on May 24, 2010.

Security agents raided Azad’s home, located in the Kianshahr neighborhood Tehran. They arrested Azar, intimidated his family and confiscated his personal belongings, including computers, books and notes.

International groups Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders issued separate statements condemning the detainment of Azad, who is also a staff member for the established Azerbaijani publication Varliq and another publication, Parpaq, and calling for his immediate release. 

The detainment lasted one month, but then, on February 21 2014, International Mother Language Day, Azad was arrested along with other civil activists while they were attending a seminar in Nasim Shahr, Tehran. He was taken to Evin Prison, and replaced three months later on a bail of US$30,000 bail.

The Islamic Revolutionary Court later sentenced him to 10 years in prison and two years in exile in a small city in the west of the country, because he had organized a seminar with no permit.  

The Islamic Revolutionary Court later sentenced him to 10 years in prison and two years in exile in a small city in the west of the country, because he had organized a seminar with no permit.  

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