EYNULLA FATULLAYEV`S FATHER CAN NOT MEET WITH EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

March 16th, 2010
Today, 16 March, Eynulla Fatullayev`s father Emin Fatullayev was not able to visit his son, imprisoned Editor-in-chief Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev in the Investigative Prison of Baku.

Emin Fatullayev told the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety that he met with investigator Arif Zahidov in the Garadag District Police Office.
“The investigator told me that the department chief and investigation group head Yashar Rzayev has the permission papers to visit Eynulla Fatullayev,” said E.Fatullayev. “Then it was known that the document should be signed by a higher-ranking official. The meeting was postponed because the papers were not ready.” Emin Fatullayev added that the investigator told him that he will contact him when it is ready.
Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment on 21 April 2007 for insulting honor and dignity.  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 on 30 October 2007. Prior to the new charge against him, Fatullayev was serving his sentence in prison #12. On 29 December, 0.223 grams heroin was found on Fatullayev. Eynulla Fatullayev and his lawyer assess this incident as an operation set-up to prevent the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the journalist in the near future. A criminal case was opened against Fatullayev in the Garadag District Investigative Department under article 234.1 of the Criminal Code (Illegal purchase or storage without a purpose of selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances in a quantity (amount) exceeding necessary for personal consumption) and he was transferred to the Baku Investigative Prison #2 on 2 January.      
   
Realniy Azerbaijan has been published as weekly newspaper, and Gundelik Azerbaijan was published as a daily newspaper since 2005. Eynulla Fatullayev established the newspapers and was the editor-in-chief of both publications. The newspapers ceased their activity after the arrest of the editor-in-chief in 2007.