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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baku Accuses Oslo, Berlin of Political Interference

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry accused Germany and Norway of interfering in internal politics after both countries condemned the jailing of two opposition bloggers last week.

Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were jailed for 24 months and 30 months, respectively, for hooliganism after an incident in a Baku cafe. The pair said they were the victims of an unprovoked attack after posting their latest clip poking fun at the authorities.

The Norwegian Embassy said the case raised “serious questions about the rule of law and freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.”