Free Youth organisation
Date of arrest – 17 May 2013
Charges (articles of the Criminal Code) –
28 – Preparation of a crime;
220.1 – Organization of or participation in mass disorders accompanied by violence, breaking, arson, or destruction of property;
221.2.1 – Hooliganism, when committed by a group of persons or repeatedly;
221.2.2 – Hooliganism committed by resisting a representative of authority or another person implementing his duty to protect the public order or preventing a violation of public order
Penal facility – Prison No. 13
Case summary – Rustamzade is a member of the Free Youth organization and the National Council that brings together several opposition parties and civil society organizations. He joined NIDA civic movement in prison as he was charged together with members of this movement. He was studying at the Azerbaijan State Economic University until his arrest.
Rustamzade used Facebook to organize a rally under the slogan “No more soldier deaths’” in central Baku on 12 January and 10 March 2013 to protest against the illegalities and arbitrariness in the Azerbaijani army, as well as death of soldiers in non-combat situations. The protests attracted a large number of participants. Rustamzade faced pressure from the authorities because of these demonstrations. He was summoned to the police station and sentenced to administrative detention several times. Rustamzade was sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention after the “No Terror” youth rally that was held on 30 April 2013 to commemorate the youth who were killed in a terrorist attack at the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. After serving this sentence, Rustamzade was arrested a few days later and charged with hooliganism. On 12 September, along with imprisoned NIDA members, a new charge of organizing or participating in mass disorders was brought against him and his case was merged with that of NIDA activists.
Sentence – Ilkin Rustamzade was sentenced to 8 years by the judgement dated from 6 May 2014 by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes (presiding judge Javid Huseynov). Baku Appeal Court (presiding judge Hasan Ahmadov) on 16 December 2014, and the Supreme Court (presiding judge Ingilab Nasirov) 15 October 2015 upheld the decision.
Amnesty International has recognized Ilkin Rustamzade as a prisoner of conscience.