APPEAL ADDRESSED TO PRESIDENT TO RELEASE GANIMAT ZAHID

February 25th, 2010
Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Chairman Elchin Behbudov addressed an appeal to President Ilham Aliyev to pardon imprisoned Editor-in-chief of Azadlig Newspaper Ganimat Zahid. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told by E.Behbudov that no response has been given to the appeal yet.

“Ganimat Zahid did not appeal because he does not consider himself guilty,” said E.Behbudov. “I mentioned that Ganimat is not a regular person, but the editor-in-chief of a prestigious newspaper in the country. And I asked the president to demonstrate humanism and pardon him.”
Ganimat Zahid, who has been recognized as a prisoner of conscience, was convicted under articles 127.2.3 (hooliganism with intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code and imprisoned for four years.
Azadlig newspaper has been published since 1989 and operates as daily newspaper.