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Azerbaijan frees top rights activist Leyla Yunus

A general view shows the harbour area in Baku on June 9, 2015Azerbaijan on Wednesday released top rights campaigner Leyla Yunus from prison because of her deteriorating health, less than a month after freeing her activist husband. At a hearing in the capital Baku, an appeals court judge handed the award-winning Yunus a suspended sentence of five years after throwing out the initial eight-and-a-half year jail term, an AFP correspondent said. Yunus, 59, who suffers from a number of ailments including hepatitis C and diabetes, had spent more than 16 months behind bars.

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