MEDIA RIGHTS INSTITUTE DIRECTOR MEETS FATULLAYEV IN PRISON

February 14th, 2011
On February 11, Media Rights Institute Director Rashid Hajili met with imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, Hajili told IRFS today. Hajili is also Fatullayev’s lawyer.

According to Hajili, Fatullayev said he had no health problems.
“As you know, Fatullayev had said that his life would be endangered if transferred to several prisons, particularly to prison #12, where he was held earlier. It is inadmissible to hold Fatullayev in hard-regime prisons. The media, as well as rights defenders must give a serious response to it,” said Rashid Hajili.
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.