Thursday, August 18, 2005
Yeni Fikir's computers seized
Investigators impounded on 17 August two computers from the Baku offices of the opposition youth group Yeni Fikir, according to Turan on 17 August and echo-az.com on 18 August. Yeni Fikir leader Ruslan Bashirli was arrested on 3 August and faces charges of plotting to overthrow the Azerbaijani leadership with financial support from Armenian intelligence.
Meanwhile, Rene van den Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has called for the release of Azerbaijani political prisoners:
Van den Linden said he will stress during his talks with President Ilham Aliyev the need for Azerbaijan to release all political prisoners, which was a condition of its admittance to the Council of Europe in 2001. He declined to comment on the recent attacks on the headquarters in Baku of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 9 August 2005), saying only that if such attacks have indeed taken place, the Azerbaijani authorities should intervene to enforce the law "in an effective and nondiscriminatory fashion."