Anar Niftaliyev

The Azerbaijani writer Anar Niftaliyev is a "wanted person".

In 2006, his novel
One Lifetime Struggle, which included the author's thoughts regarding former president Heydar Aliyev, was published.

The National Academy of Science Folklore appealed to the courts with a lawsuit claiming the book was defamatory. Niftaliyev says that they objected to the book on the grounds that it had "cast a shadow on H. Aliyev's personality".

In March 2008, the Sabayil District Court issued a decision calling for all copies of the book to be destroyed. When the police searched Niftaliyev's legal residence, they didn't find any copies of the book--nor did they find Niftaliyev.

Niftaliyev plans to appeal to Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights regarding his case.

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