JOURNALIST DEMANDS LAUNCH OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST INVESTIGATORS

February 15th, 2011
Imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev filed an official appeal to the General Prosecutor of the Azerbaijani Republic Zakir Garalov, the journalist’s lawyer told Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).

appeal, Fatullayev required the General Prosecutor to launch a criminal case against the investigators who had been dealing with criminal charges, which were dropped by the European Court of Human Rights.
The lawyer also noted that the Justice Ministry has already responded to the journalist’s earlier appeal to the Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov. “A penitentiary service employee has met with Eynulla Fatullayev in Baku Investigative Prison. However, the particulars of the meeting have not been unveiled, as an investigation is underway with regards to the appeal,” said Mammadov
Eynulla Fatullayev addressed an appeal to the Penitentiary Service former head Nazim Alakbarov and Baku Investigative Prison Elkhan Sadigov. In this letter, Fatullayev recalls that he will be transferred from Baku Investigative Prison to another prison, and reported that his life will be endangered if transferred to several prisons. He asks to be transferred to prison #9, where former court and law-enforcement employees 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 in an amount exceeding the limit for personal consumption) 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.