GARADAG DISTRICT COURT RETURNS FATULLAYEV’S LAWSUIT

February 4th, 2011
The Garadag District Court returned the lawsuit filed by imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev for inhumane treatment in the prison #12. The court advised him to go to the Economics Court, the journalist’s lawyer told IRFS.

The lawsuit was sent back on January 24. “This is a very surprising decision, and demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the judicial system,” said Sadigov.
The lawyer added that he had not been allowed to meet with Fatullayev since last Saturday. His appeal to the Penitentiary Service has not yet had a  response.
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 in an amount exceeding the limit for personal consumption) 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.