GANIMAT ZAHID VISITED BY SPOUSE

March 4th, 2009
Yesterday, 3 March, Ayanda Mursaliyeva visited her husband, imprisoned "Azadlig" Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ganimat Zahid in Prison #17. Mursaliyeva told this to the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety.

Noting that Zahid's health is normal and he has no complaints about prison conditions, Mursaliyeva said that G. Zahid does not believe that imprisoned journalists will be pardoned for the upcoming Novruz holiday. “I don’t think imprisoned journalists will be released during this holiday. The only hope left is to appoint a special rapporteur on political prisoners,” G. Zahid told his wife.
 
Ganimat Zahid was convicted under articles 127.2.3 (hooliganism with intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code and imprisoned for four years.  The charges against G. Zahid are widely regarded as spurious.