ISSUE TO FIND ELMAR HUSEYNOV’S MURDERERS RAISED BEFORE PARLIAMENT

March 9th, 2010
On 5 March, in the meeting of Milli Majlis, an issue regarding the failure to solve Monitor journal editor-in-chief Elmar Huseynov`s murder was discussed, according to Turan Information Agency.

MP Igbal Agazade, the Umid Party Chairman, said that although 5 years have passed since the murder of Elmar Huseynov, there hasn’t been any information given to public regarding the motive of the murder, the people who ordered the murder; and this is cause for dissatisfaction in society, political parties, and international organizations.

“I think that parliament should make a serious effort to attempt to solve this murder,” said Igbal Agazade.

MP Penah Huseyn touched upon the writings regarding Elmar Huseynov`s murder in the recent appeal of imprisoned Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan newspapers’ editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev in the Appellate Court.

According to MP Panah Huseyn, the names of high ranking officials were connected with the journalist’s murder in the appeal.

“The National Security Ministry expressed their opinion regarding this issue, but it is important to conduct a serious investigation into this”, said P.Huseyn; who believes that there haven’t been any measures taken to find Elmar Huseynov’s murderer via Interpol.

In the appeal, Eynulla Fatullayev said that Elmar Huseynov’s murder was related to the NSM officer. He emphasized that he was arrested for investigating this murder.

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. Prior to the new charge against him, Fatullayev was serving his sentence in prison #12. On 29 December, 0.223 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. A criminal case was opened against Fatullayev in the Garadag District Investigative Department under article 234.1 of the Criminal Code (Illegal purchase or storage without a purpose of selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances in a quantity (amount) exceeding necessary for personal consumption) and he was transferred to the Baku Investigative Prison #2 on 2 January.   

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.

A criminal case was opened regarding the murder of Elmar Huseynov who was killed on 2 March, 2005. However, the executors and people behind his murder have not been found to this day.