Azerbaijan sentences opposition journalist to 5 years in jail

January 29, 2015 3:09 PM

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BAKU (Reuters) - A journalist in Azerbaijan was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison in a case critics say highlights a government-led crackdown on dissent in the oil-rich former Soviet republic.

Seymur Hazi, a journalist with opposition newspaper Azadlig and a member of the Popular Front opposition party, was originally jailed last August after being convicted on charges of hooliganism.

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