EYNULLA FATULLAYEV`S BANK ACCOUNT FREEZE CONTINUES

February 28th, 2011

The International Bank of Azerbaijan refused to release money which is in the bank account of imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of “Realniy Azerbaydjan” and “Gundelik Azerbaycan” newspapers.

The journalist’s lawyer reported that on the 18th of February the Sabail District Court held a hearing on this issue without the participation of lawyers. Judge Araz Huseynov presided over the hearing. The judge decided there is no need to issue a decision on removing the hold over the bank account due to the fact that there were charges of terrorism against Eynulla Fatullayev. The journalist’s bank account remains blocked.
BACKGROUND
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.
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.