“I was deported indefinitely, but the reason was not disclosed”
Political activist Giyas Ibrahimov says he has been deported from Turkey.
According to Ibrahimov, he was detained for an hour while crossing the border from Turkey on 16 April. “I was told that my one-year permit had been revoked and that I should not leave without returning to the consulate. [On] 21 April, I called and was told that I had been deported indefinitely.”
The Turkish embassy in Baku told Meydan TV that they were unaware of Giyas Ibrahimov’s deportation, stating, “In any case, the person themselves should know the reason, we do not know it.”
Giyas Ibrahimov was arrested in May 2016, one day after writing a slogan on a statue of the late President Heydar Aliyev, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges.
He was released in March 2019 as part of the Novruz presidential pardon.
Ibrahimov pleaded not guilty and maintains he had been arrested for writing slogans on the statue.
The international human rights organization also called his arrest politically motivated and deemed Ibrahimov a “prisoner of conscience.”