Azerbaijan: Gay man found dead in Baku in wake of first gay pride rally

The body of the man, who has been named by police as M Namiyev, was found last night on the side of Sumgayit Highway, in the Baku suburb of Bilacari.

Police information indicates that Mr Namiyev, who was openly gay, was murdered, with early reports suggesting that he died after being beaten and stabbed.

The police and prosecutor’s office say a criminal investigation into the death has been launched and is currently underway.

The news comes in the wake of a gay pride ‘mini rally’ which took place in Baku on 7th September.