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Health of LSE academic detained in Azerbaijan at risk, say family | Azerbaijan

The family of a UK-based Azerbaijani academic and prominent opposition figure have raised concerns over his health after he was detained during a visit to the country and have called on the UK government to intervene. Gubad Ibadoghlu, a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, was arrested and held by Azerbaijan authorities while visiting family in July. He is facing up to 12 years in prison for the production, acquisition or sale of counterfeit money by an organized group and allegedly possessing extremist material – charges he denies. “The UK government has a lot of connections with the Azerbaijan government, so they could be able to bring this to the table,” said his son, Ibad Bayramov, 23. “I think the detainment of a professor and academic member who was working here should be an interest of the UK government. “Human rights should not be downplayed. It’s not for sale,” he added. Ibad Bayramov says his father, Gubad Ibadoghlu, has had trouble getting medication and is at risk for a heart attack. Photograph: …