Azerbaijani poets arrested in Iran freed

Two Azerbaijani poets who were arrested in Iran have been released on Tuesday, a diplomatic source told Trend.

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev confirmed Trend information on the release of Azerbaijani citizens.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed that Azerbaijani poets were transferred on Tuesday afternoon at the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Tabriz, Mehr reported.

It is expected that released poets will return to Baku tomorrow.

Azerbaijani poets Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade were arrested in Iran on May 2 whilst taking part in the poetry festival.

Azerbaijani side has sent five notes to the Iranian Foreign Ministry demanding to provide information about detained citizens and arrange for employees of the Azerbaijani embassy a meeting with them.

According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s response to the note o of Azerbaijan, two Azerbaijani citizens were accused of trying to commit a crime.

04 September 2012