GANIMAT ZAHID VISITED BY SPOUSE

March 10th, 2009
Yesterday, 9 March, Ayanda Mursaliyeva visited her husband, imprisoned "Azadlig" Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ganimat Zahid in Prison #17.

Mursaliyeva told the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety that G. Zahid does not have any complaints.
According to Mursaliyeva, the journalist is a little aware of changes to the Law on Mass Media and he believes this is a form of pressure against press. In the end, Mursaliyeva noted that G. Zahid hopes that a co-rapporteur will be appointed on political prisoners and that he does not believe in rumors about pardon decree. “If a pardon decree is signed, Sakit Zahidov’s name will be among of the pardoned since he does not have much time left,” said G.Zahid.
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.