U.S welcomes Azerbaijani president’s pardon decree
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The United States welcomes the October 17 pardon and release of four civil society activists in Azerbaijan, including Hasan Huseynli, the U.S Department of State website said Oct. 23.
Prior to his conviction in July on questionable hooliganism charges, Huseynli and his NGO worked with the U.S. Embassy in Baku on student exchanges.
Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on pardon of 84 people. Three former members of the NIDA movement - Shahin Novruzlu, Elsever Mursalli and Bakhtiyar Guliyev, head of the NGO Hasan Guseynli are also among those pardoned.
Earlier, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule welcomed President Aliyev's pardon decree, a joint statement posted at the EU official website says.