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Prisoner Alert–Zaur Balaev

Posted in Azerbaijan with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2007 by Mike

photo by Prisoner has posted information about a pastor in Azerbaijan who was imprisoned in May 2007.

On May 20, 2007, Pastor Zaur Balaev was arrested for “conducting an illegal religious meeting” in his home village in Aliabad, Azerbaijan. In August, he was sentenced to two years in prison under Article 315, Part 1, for allegedly violently resisting the police during a raid. The authorities first claimed that Pastor Balaev released a dog on police, but have since claimed he attacked five policemen and damaged a car door. During the trial, some witnesses reported that police had pressured them into testifying against Pastor Balaev.

Take some time today to send Zaur an encouraging letter through Prisoner Alert’s website. Be sure to follow their guidelines on what not to say.