EYNULLA FATULLAYEV THINKS APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL CO-RAPPORTEUR ON POLITICAL PRISONERS IS POSITIVE

March 25th, 2009
“The appointment of a special co-rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan by the Parliament Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) is a positive but belated step, “imprisoned Editor-in-chief of "Gundelik Azerbaijan" and "Realniy Azerbaijan" Newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev said in a phone conversation with his family.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by the journalist’s father Emin Fatullayev.
Eynulla Fatullayev said that his health is normal and he does not have any complaints about prison conditions, leadership and staff of the prison, according to Emin Fatullayev.
Emin Fatullayev emphasized that Eynulla Fatullayev is still receiving support letters from foreign countries and organizations. “Among the letters there are some from a ‘Grammar School for Boys’ in England, Altrincam city, the University of Dundee in Scotland, and from Holland.
"Gundelik Azerbaijan" and "Realniy Azerbaijan" newspapers' editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment on 21 April 2007 for defamation.  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.