IRFS CHAIRMAN DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL

June 26th, 2008

Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Chairman Emin Huseynov was discharged today in fair condition from the Centralized Emergency Medical Assistance Hospital.

Huseynov had been hospitalized there since June 14. Huseynov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that he has been ordered to wear a neck brace, and instructed to continue treatment as a specialized hospital or sanatorium for neuro-trauma and to visit an ear doctor. 

E. Huseynov reports that he still has back, neck and head pain, ringing in his ears and limited vision.

Huseynov was given his hospital release paper today, however he was not given a copy of his medical history. Hospital staff told him that that will only be available on Friday.

According to Huseynov, if his health permits, in the near future he will conduct a press conference.  

Today Claire Delessard, Political Advisor to the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby, visited Huseynov while he was still in the hospital. Delessard said that P. Semneby is following Huseynov’s situation. “She asked me questions about the incident,” said Huseynov. “I said it cannot be ruled out that I was beat up in Police Department #22 expressly because I am a journalist and human rights activist.  While I was in the police department, that fact that other human rights activists called the Ministry of Interior and told them to swiftly release me, gives me grounds to believe that they knew who I was. Despite this, I was a victim of police brutality.”