David Lidington, the Minister of State for Europe, has welcomed the conditional release of Intigam Aliyev. The journalist and human rights activist was released yesterday from prison in Azerbaijan. He had been sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment in April 2015.
Lidington said in a statement:
“I welcome the decision by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to conditionally release leading human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. I urge the Government of Azerbaijan to build on the momentum created by this positive step and the pardons of 17 March. The United Kingdom is ready to assist the Government’s efforts to further strengthen democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan”.