EUROPEAN COURT DECIDES TO HEAR FATULLAYEV`S APPEAL

March 28th, 2011
Imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev’s appeal against the 5 November 2010 Supreme Court judgment was received by European Court of Human Rights for execution. The Supreme Court's judgment had upheld the Appeals Court decision which sentenced Fatullayev to pre-trial detention, the journalist’s attorney Elchin Sadigov told IRFS today.

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.