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The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement regarding E.Fatullayev.
“We call on authorities with the Azerbaijani Penitentiary Service and the Garadag District Police to drop this new, farcical charge against our colleague Eynulla Fatullayev and to investigate those who planted the drugs on him,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. In the statement CPJ expressed concern regarding the second charge against Fatullayev during his imprisonment and the possibility that he might be sentenced again.
On 29 December, in the morning, 0.22 grams heroin was found in Eynulla Fatullayev’s cell. The journalist and his lawyer said that this is provocation and is aimed at preventing the decision that could be issued by the European Court of Human Rights to free Fatullayev in the near future.