Yesterday, 3 February, the Baku city Procurator’s office and the Baku city Chief Police Office press services disseminated information regarding imprisoned Editor-in-chief of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan Newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev, according to Radio Liberty. It is noted in the information that witnesses confirmed during confrontation with the journalist that narcotics were revealed on Eynulla Fatullayev.
“According to court-biological-chemical examination results, diacetyl-morphine (heroin), amphetamine narcotic means and a flunitrazepam-M psychotropic substance were revealed in blood and urine examples taken from Eynulla Fatullayev during the investigation,” reads the information where it is noted that E.Fatullayev does not need compulsory treatment for drug addiction. The investigation regarding the criminal case is about to finish, according to the information.
Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment on 21 April 2007 for insulting honor and dignity. Later he was convicted under articles 214.1 (threatening terror), 283.2.2 (incitement of ethnic/national, social or religious hatred abusing authority), and 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to 8.5 years of imprisonment on 30 October 2007. Prior to the new charge against him, Fatullayev was serving his sentence in prison #12.
On 29 December, 0.223 grams heroin was found on Fatullayev. Eynulla Fatullayev and his lawyer assess this incident as an operation set-up to prevent the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the journalist in the near future. A criminal case was opened against Fatullayev in the Gardag District Investigative Department under article 234.1 of the Criminal Code (Illegal purchase or storage without a purpose of selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances in a quantity (amount) exceeding necessary for personal consumption) and he was transferred to the Baku Investigative Prison #2 on 2 January.
Realniy Azerbaijan has been published as weekly newspaper, and Gundelik Azerbaijan was published as a daily newspaper since 2005. Eynulla Fatullayev established the newspapers and was the editor-in-chief of both publications. The newspapers ceased their activity after the arrest of the editor-in-chief in 2007.