PRESS COUNCIL TO APPEAL TO PRESIDENT TO RELEASE MUSHFIG HUSEYNOV

December 9th, 2009
On 7 December, the representatives of the Press Council visited Bizim yol newspaper correspondent Mushfig Huseynov in the Justice Ministry Penitentiary Services Specialized Treatment Facility for Tuberculosis Prisoners.

A.Amashov told APA that special attention is paid to M.Huseynov`s condition and treatment.

“Tuberculosis is a serious disease,” said Amashov. “The treatment of this illness requires a long period of time.” The Council Chairman emphasized that the legislation allows these patients to be provided with a doctor of their own desire.

Amashov added that he will send an appeal to the president regarding M.Huseynov`s pardon and stressed that there’s enough basis for this.

“It is a fact that the journalist is seriously ill. He served half of his term and has two very young children.”

Among the representatives of the Press Council visiting M.Huseynov were A.Amashov, the Council’s Board member Gafar Chakhmagli and the Executive Secretary of the organization Rahim Huseynzade.

On 14 October, M.Huseynov, who suffers from late-stage tuberculosis, was transferred from prison #2 to the Penitentiary Services Specialized Treatment Facility for Tuberculosis prisoners because his health deteriorated seriously.   

Mushfig Huseynov was convicted under Article 311.1 (receiving of a bribe) of the Criminal Code in July, 2007 and on 21 January 2008 was sentenced by Grave Crimes Court Judge Jamal Ramazanov to 6 years of imprisonment. However, this sentence was reduced to 5 years through a decision adopted by the Appellate Court.    

Bizim yol newspaper has been published since 2003 and operates as daily newspaper.