IMPRISONED JOURNALIST EYNULLA FATULLAYEV PARDONED

May 26th, 2011
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree of pardon today, May 26th..
Eynulla Fatullayev, imprisoned editor-in-chief of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaidjan newspaper, has been pardoned under the decree as well.

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.