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Jabbar Savalan, an APFP member held at Sumgait Police station since 5 February, has still not been able to meet with his parents. They report that they have made several attempts to meet with Savalan, but to no avail.
According to Jabbar Savalan’s mother, they only found out about the arrest 6 hours after their son’s detention – and this was only after his mother contacted the police station herself.
Savalan’s mother and brother were looking for him for almost 6 hours. During this period, they were unable to reach him on his mobile phone. Having contacted the police, telling them of Jabbar’s disappearance and inability to contact him on his mobile, they were told that Jabbar Savalan has been found in possession of narcotic substances and that he is currently being held at the police station.
On 6 February a criminal case was opened against him citing Article 234.1 of the Criminal Code (possession of drugs with no intent to sell).
Press Office representative at the Ministry of Internel Affairs Orkhan Mansurzada has said to AzadliqRadiosu (RFE/RL) that according to the information on record, Jabbar Savalan has been held due to being found in possession of 0.74g. of opium. Orkhan Mansurzada says that, in his first statement, the youth said himself that he had just started using drugs.
“Currently investigations and search operations are ongoing to find the source of this substance.”
However the lawyer representing Jabbar Savalan has told AzadliqRadiosu that during a meeting with his client on 7 February, Mr Savalan told him that he was pressured into giving that statement.
“This is his first time. He’s a young kid, nobody there with him. Suddenly finds himself in a police station. Using this to their advantage, they have gotten him to make some statement. Now we are at Sumgait Prosecution Office. He is being questioned in front of us. Now he is telling the truth.”
According to the attorney, the client they are defending has said that he was told that this was an order from ‘higher up’.
“He was personally told that ‘this isn’t our doing, you’ve been chosen by a higher power.'”
APFP Youth Committee chairman Abulfaz Gurbanli says that Savalan, a member of APFP since November of last year, was clearly detained for his social and political activism.
A defence committee has already been formed to protect the youth activist’s rights.
Jabbar Savalan has been sentenced to 2 months preliminary detention. This information was given to “Media Forum” site by attorney Anar Gasimov.