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Azeri activist charged with hooliganism over Internet video

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 17 May 2013
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May 17, 2013

By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

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BAKU – A court in Baku has charged a young Facebook activist with hooliganism over a controversial "Harlem Shake" video.

The court also ruled that Ilkin Rustamzade must be kept in pretrial detention for up to two months during the investigation.

Rustamzade's lawyer, Nemat Karimov, told RFE/RL that his client is accused of filming the "Harlem Shake" video in Baku's metro and placing it on the Internet.

The lawyer added that Rustamzade had nothing to do with the video in question.

Rustamzade, an activist with the Azad Ganclik (Free Youth) group, was released from jail on May 15 after serving a 15-day prison term for participation in an unsanctioned "No to Terror" demonstration on April 30.

He was also an organizer of protests against the suspicious deaths of army conscripts earlier this year.

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