October 13th, 2008
“Gundalik Azerbayjan” and “Realny Azerbayjan” newspapers’ editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev, who is serving an 8-year prison term in Prison #12, is being held in a solitary confinement.

A Penitentiary Services Public Relations Department employee told “Mediaforum” website that Fatullayev quarreled with a prisoner, and therefore on 11 October he was ordered to serve five days in the solitary confinement.

According to the employee of the department, the other prisoner has also been punished for violating internal discipline rules. “An argument between prisoners is not allowed in any case. Because of the argument, Eynulla received 5 days and the other prisoner received 15 days in the solitary confinement,” said the employee, adding that E. Fatullayev will be freed from the solitary confinement and conditions will be created so he is able to participate in the 15 October presidential elections. “Polling places operate in all Penitentiary Services’ facilities. On that day our colleagues on duty along the prisoners that have the right to vote will participate in the elections. The polling place has a mobile box for sanitary department workers and prisoners in solitary confinement.”

Fatullayev’s defense lawyer Isakhan Ashurov told the press that the prisoner that was sent to the solitary confinement at the same time with Fatullayev has committed provocation against Fatullayev several times. Ashurov added that he will appeal to court in connection with this incident.

This is the second time that Eynulla has been placed in solitary confinement. Fatullayev was found guilty in violating internal discipline rules in April of this year and was held in the solitary confinement from 10 April to 20 April.