Yesterday Eynulla Fatullayev was moved from his single prison cell to a shared one with other prisoners, reported his lawyer, Anar Gasimov, to IRFS today.
“Fatullayev was not forced to leave his single cell – which he had requested on the grounds of personal safety – but I think that his life remains in danger. This is why he has appealed to the Ministry of Justice for a helmet and bulletproof vest,” said Gasimov, who also noted that on May 6th, Eynulla will have served one third of his total sentence. If he has still not been released, despite the European Court of Human Rights ruling back in October, they will appeal for the remaining time to be replaced with an alternative type of punishment.
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.