Prisoners of conscious Arif Hajili, Ulvi Guliyev (Musavat), and Babek Hasanov (APFP) who are being held in prison #16 in Ramana were deprived of reading independent and opposition newspapers.
Penitentiary Service former chief Mammad Zeynalov told Yeni Musavat newspaper that there are no bans and restrictions in the law on bringing newspapers to prisoners by relatives. The prison contains a staffed library where many newspapers are kept. However, the newspapers which Arif Hakili rquested are not not taken to him. The relatives of Mrs Arif and other prisoners are able to take any independent newspaper, magazine, book to prisons. This is not prohibited by any law. If this is not allowed, this is illegal”.
The chief of the Penitentiary Service Public Relations Department, Mehman Sadigov, said that he doesn’t believe that prison employees prevent newspapers from being taken to Arif Hajili. “Prisoners can be subscribed to both newspapers which are published and which are banned in Azerbaijan. Prisons are subscribed to enough newspapers.”