APPEAL ON EYNULLA FATULLAYEV`S CASE FILED TO SUPREME COURT

March 16th, 2011
An appeal was sent against the Appeals Court's 25 January 2011 judgement on the imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, who was charged with possession of drugs (Article 231 of Criminal Court).


According to his lawyer, Rashad Hajili, the Supreme Court has one month to consider Eynulla Fatullayev`s appeal. “In consideration of the European Court of Human Rights judgment, the Supreme Court ruled for Fatullayev’s innocence. We hope that Supreme Court will release Eynulla Fatullayev without European Court’s decision this time” said Hajili.  BACKGROUND On the 29th of December, 2009, 0.223 grams of heroin was reportedly found on Fatullayev in Prison #12 and on the 6th of July, 2010, Fatullayev was found guilty under article 234.1 ( possession of narcotics) of the Criminal Code. His sentence of two years and six months in prison began on the same date. His appeal against the decision was rejected.  In 2007, Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of “Realniy Azerbaydjan” and “Gundelik Azerbaycan” newspapers, was sentenced to 8.5 years in jail for threatening terrorism, amongst other charges. However, on April 22, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled for his immediate release and financial compensation from the Azerbaijani government (27,800 EUR). The Azerbaijani Supreme Court Plenum has only partially fulfilled the decision.