Today, the Sabail District Court held a preliminary hearing on the lawsuit filed by imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev against Zakir Garalov, General Prosecutor of the Republic of Azerbaijan on violation of his right to the presumption of innocence. Fatullyev demands an apology.
Despite the defendant side claimed the lawsuit was groundless, the Judge scheduled a court hearing. The Judge did not set a date for the hearing.
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.