AZERBAIJAN yesterday
sentenced five men to up to 13
years in prison for beating to death
a journalist, who had criticised
an Azeri football team player on
A serious crimes court in the
capital Baku found the men “guilty
of inflicting serious bodily harm
that caused the death” of journalist
Rasim Aliyev, judge Eldar
Ismayilov said in the courtroom.
The men were sentenced to
prison terms ranging from nine to
13 years.
Aliyev, a 30-year-old photo and
video journalist for a number of
online publications, died in hospital
in August last year after being beaten
by a group of men who had contacted
him over his Facebook post about a
heated football match between teams
from Cyprus and Azerbaijan.
Aliyev had criticised the
behaviour of the Azeri team
Gabala’s striker, Javid Huseynov,
who waved a Turkish flag after the
match with Cypriot team Apollon
Limassol and allegedly made an
offensive gesture at a journalist.
Aliyev wrote that Huseynov
“did not know how to behave”
and should not play in matches in
Aliyev told the Turan agency
before his death that he had
received insulting comments about
the post.
He said he was contacted by
telephone by a man claiming to be
a cousin of the player. After initially
abusing him, the man phoned him
back in a conciliatory tone and
invited him to drink tea.
“I came out alone. There were
five or six of them and they
immediately threw themselves at
me and started beating me up,”
Aliyev told the agency.
He later died in intensive care
after his condition worsened and he
underwent an emergency operation

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