Azerbaijan Pardons Alexander Lapshin

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, right, and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva, left, pose for the photographers outside British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's official residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, following their meeting, Monday July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a pardon Monday for Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was sentenced to three years in prison for having entered the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The pardon went into effect immediately.

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