FATULLAYEV’S LIFE IN DANGER, SAYS HIS LAWYER

March 10th, 2011
The life of Eynulla Fatullayev, imprisoned in prison #1, is in grave danger, Fatullayev’s lawyer Rashid Hajili told IRFS after meeting with his client today.

Hajili said that although he is being held in single cell, Fatullayev’s life remains in danger.
“Despite Fatullayev’s appeals to be transferred to a different prison, the Penitentiary Service has tranferred him to prison #1. We are concerned for his life. Fatullayev is being kept in single cell at his own request, and he is having a very difficult time. The Potentiary Service could at any time transfer him to a cell with a dangerous prisoner.” said Hajili.
BACKGROUND
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.