Arrested Azerbaijani scholar arrives in Baku (UPDATE)

Society Materials 12 August 2010 12:21 (UTC +04:00)

EDITOR's NOTE: new details added

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.12 / Trend, K.Zerbaliyeva /

An Azerbaijani scholar arrived in Baku today after being released by Iranian law enforcement agencies.

Rashid Aliyev was released last night, Azerbaijani Scientist Rights Protection Committee Chairman Soltanhamid Malikov told Trend.

Malikov added that he has not yet received any details about Aliyev's release.

Aliyev worked for the Iranian Sazan Eleсtronics Industry in 2006-2008. He was invited to work for the company under a cooperation agreement signed with Baku State University.

Sazan Director Abbas Eftekhari repeatedly asked Aliyev to move permanently to Iran. Aliyev refused the proposal and decided to return home to Azerbaijan.

After persistent requests from the director, Aliyev headed back to Iran for a short stay on Oct. 5. He was arrested on Oct. 6 under the pretext of visa problems.

An Iranian court then sentenced Aliyev to three years imprisonment in absentia.

"Aliyev's arrest had no any relation to the contract signed between our company and the university," Eftekhari told Trend earlier.