Islamic Party Deputy Chairman bemoans cleric detentions


Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Associations and Religious Organizations MP Jeyhun Mammadov called the interrogation of suspects in connection with Iran a preventive measure.

Speaking with, Mammadov defended the detentions, “such measures are implemented in all countries for preventive purposes”.

Political commentator Rauf Mirgadirov believes that while there are many pro-Iranian people in Azerbaijan, it is not grounds for preventative detention, and called Mammadov’s statement “inappropriate”. “Iran, of course, can use these people to aggravate both its own interests and the internal situation in Azerbaijan”, he says. “But there has to be enough evidence to arrest people.”

Islamic clergy, activists and politicians are often targeted by the Azerbaijani government due to their connection, perceived or real, to Iranian influence. The relations between the two countries have soured slightly since the Fall 2020 War in large part to the strong ties between Azerbaijan and Israel.


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