August 17, Novruzali Mamedov, 68, Tolish cultural center Head and “Tolishi sado” daily (voice of Talish) Chief Editor, died in Azerbaijani prison hospital.
Due to bad state of health, Mamedov was moved to prison hospital at the suit of international organizations. According to his lawyer, Mamedov felt bad in the August 17 evening and doctors couldn’t make it.
Azerbaijani authorities kept Mamedov under detention. Despite all appeals of human rights’ organizations and foreign diplomats, seriously ill Mamedov was not released.
Chief Editor of “Tolishi sado” daily was sentenced to ten-year imprisonment in summer 2008 and charged with treason against the state, namely cooperation with Iranian secret services.