04 May '11, 3pm

#Azerbaijan Govt Jails #Facebook #Activist

BAKU - A YOUNG opposition activist was jailed for two and half years on drugs charges in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Wednesday after using Facebook to call for an uprising like those in the Arab world. Jabbar Savalan, 20, was the first activist to be imprisoned since government opponents began a series of thwarted protests this year in the mainly Muslim state which is an important supplier of oil and gas to the West. 'Despite the fact that I was thrown into jail, I choose freedom,' Savalan told the court. The student activist was arrested for alleged opium possession in February after posting a message on the social networking website calling for a 'day of rage' - a reference to mass protests in the Middle East. 'I think that the severity of the sentence is connected to my client's political activities,' his lawyer, Anar Gasimov, told AFP. Savalan, a supporter of the Azerbaija...

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