Human rights defenders Novella Jafaroglu, Saida Gojamanli, Seadet Benenyarli and Chingiz Ganizade met with Procurator General Zakir Garalov on 8 January and Internal Affairs Minister Ramil Usubov on 9 January raised the issue related to the imprisoned Editor-in-chief of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan Newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev. The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by human rights defender Novella Jafaroglu.
Novella Jafaroglu said that they told Garalov and Usubov that finding of narcotic on Fatullayev is provocation. In response, the authorities said that they are waiting for the result of the test and that this case will be investigated accurately.
On 29 December, 0.22 grams heroin was found on Fatullayev. Eynulla Fatullayev and his lawyer assess this incident as an operation set-up to prevent the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the journalist in the near future. Fatullayev was transferred to the Baku Investigative Prison #2 on 2 January.
Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment on 21 April 2007 for insulting honor and dignity. Later he was convicted under articles 214.1 (threatening terror), 283.2.2 (incitement of ethnic/national, social or religious hatred abusing authority), and 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to 8.5 years of imprisonment on 30 October 2007.
Realniy Azerbaijan has been published as weekly newspaper, and Gundelik Azerbaijan was published as a daily newspaper since 2005. Eynulla Fatullayev established the newspapers and was the editor-in-chief of both publications. The newspapers ceased their activity after the arrest of the editor-in-chief in 2007.