HEROIN TRACES IDENTIFIED IN EYNULLA FATULLAYEV’S DRUG TEST, ACCORDING TO NEW RESULTS

February 2nd, 2010
The results of the drug test taken from Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan Newspapers’ Editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev on 29 December 2009 were identified yesterday.

It was noted in the results that Eynulla Fatullayev is not a narcotic user.
However, another opinion regarding the results of the drug test has been revealed today, 2 February. Fatullayev`s lawyer I.Ashurov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that traces of heroin have been found in Eynulla Fatullayev`s blood. Ashurov said that yesterday general results were unveiled according to which Fatullayev is not a narcotic user and doesn’t need treatment. It was emphasized in the today’s results that signs of heroin were revealed in Fatullayev`s blood and urine. 
Ashurov, who met with Fatullayev today, said that he and Fatullayev do not trust the results. The lawyer demanded that an independent examination be conducted. Fatullayev told his lawyer that he has never used narcotics and the result of examination was aimed at keeping him in custody.
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 Gardag 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. 
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.
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.