Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Leyla and Arif Yunus to Go on Trial End of July

15 July 2015

The trial against the Azerbaijani human rights advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus is scheduled for 27 July as was announced at the preliminary hearing nearly a year after their arrest.

Leyla Yunus, 59, and her husband Arif, 60, have been charged with politically motivated charges of treason, fraud, forgery, tax evasion, and illegal business activities. The Prosecutor General's Office claims that the couple was involved in passing classified information to Armenian agents.

The couple have seen each other for the first time since they were arrested separately, Leyla in July 2014 and Arif in August of the same year.

Radio Free Europe report from the hearing

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