Azerbaijani-Turk Activist Esmaeil Ahmadi Faces Imprisonment and Flogging Upheld by Appellate Court

Branch 32 of the Appellate Court in East Azerbaijan province has confirmed that Ahmadi will serve nine months in prison and receive 70 lashes for charges including blasphemy, incitement to commit crimes against national security, association with anti-regime media outside Iran, dissemination of false information, and propaganda against the regime.

Ahmadi was arrested by security forces in Varzeqan in August 2023 and detained until August 24, when he was released on bail pending further legal proceedings from Ahar Prison.

The initial verdict was issued during the previous winter.

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time Ahmadi has faced legal repercussions for his activism.