Lapshin Appeals Court Decision on Prolonging Incarceration


BAKU (Armenpress) — Blogger Alexander Lapshin has appealed the decision of Baku Nasimi District Court on prolonging his incarceration for another three months, Lapshin’s lawyer told the Azerbaijani Trend agency.

The decision on April 7 prolonged the incarceration of Lapshin, who was detained in Belarus on December 16, 2016 for a further three months.

Lapshin faces up to five years’ imprisonment in Azerbaijan, under charges of “public calls against the state” and “unauthorized crossing of borders” for visiting Artsakh.

Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger, was extradited from Belarus to Azerbaijan on February 7. He was flown to Baku from Minsk on a special flight, escorted by state security agents. He has been placed in an isolation cell in Azerbaijan’s state security service.