Azerbaijan extends detention of human rights activist held without trial

February 18, 2015 1:45 PM

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BAKU (Reuters) - An Azeri human rights activist held without trial since July had her detention extended for five months by a court in Baku on Wednesday, her lawyer said, a case critics decry as part of a government-led crackdown on dissent.

Leyla Yunus, the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy, has been detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion.

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