JAILED JOURNALIST TRANSFERRED TO BAKU INVESTIGATIVE PRISON DUE TO COURT PROCEEDINGS

April 18th, 2011
The transfer of imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev from prison #1 to Baku Investigative Prison is related to the court proceedings launched with regard to Fatulluyev, the journalist’s attorney, Anar Gasimov, told IRFS. According to him, the transfer is related with his lawsuit against the Justice Ministry and Penitentiary Service, which should have been heard today.

To note, despite Fatullayev’s request filed to the Penitentiary Service regarding his safety, he was transferred to prison #1, which was dangerous for his life. With the intent to ensure his safety, the imprisoned journalist voluntarily stayed in a single cell for a month. The journalist had requested to be transferred to prison #9 where the former employees of law-enforcement agencies are held.
BACKGROUND
On the 29th of December, 2009, 0.223 grams of heroin was reportedly found on Fatullayev in Prison #12 and on the 6th of July, 2010, Fatullayev was found guilty under article 234.1 ( possession of narcotics) of the Criminal Code. His sentence of two years and six months in prison began on the same date. His appeal against the decision was rejected.
In 2007, Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of “Realniy Azerbaydjan” and “Gundelik Azerbaycan” newspapers, was sentenced to 8.5 years in jail for threatening terrorism, amongst other charges. However, on April 22, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled for his immediate release and financial compensation from the Azerbaijani government (27,800 EUR). The Azerbaijani Supreme Court Plenum has only partially fulfilled the decision.