INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AGAINST TORTURE WILL BEGIN ACTIONS FOR RELEASE OF MUSHFIG HUSEYNOV

December 8th, 2009
On 3 December the Peace and Democracy Institute issued a statement regarding the serious deterioration of Mushfig Huseynov’s health and the threat to his life. The International Organization against Torture sent a response to this statement.

The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by Peace and Democracy Institute Director Leyla Yunus.
According to Leyla Yunus, the International Organization said that they will begin an international action regarding Mushfig Huseynov`s case.
“We will spread information to world community regarding the serious deterioration of Mushfig Huseynov`s health and we will call for international organizations to send appeals to the Azerbaijani government to ask for Mushfig Huseynov’s release,” reads the response letter sent by the International Organization against Tortures.
On 14 October M.Huseynov, who suffers from late-stage tuberculosis, was transferred from prison #2 to the Penitentiary Services Specialized Treatment Facility for Tuberculosis prisoners.      
Mushfig Huseynov was convicted under Article 311.1 (receiving of a bribe) of the Criminal Code in July, 2007 and on 21 January 2008 was sentenced by Grave Crimes Court Judge Jamal Ramazanov to 6 years of imprisonment. However, this sentence was reduced to 5 years through a decision adopted by the Appellate Court.     
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