SAKIT ZAHIDOV ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR DAY HE WILL BE RELEASED

December 16th, 2008
On 13 December, Rena Zahidova visited her spouse, imprisoned “Azadlig” Newspaper satiric/journalist Sakit Zahidov, in Prison #10. R. Zahidova told this to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.

S. Zahidov does not have any complaints about prison conditions or the attitude of prison employees towards him, according to Zahidova. However, he misses home a lot. “He has been badly affected by his return to the prison after he participated in the funeral of his father,” said Zahidova. “He is very bored and is waiting for the day his punishment will be over in five months.”

Ganimat Zahid and Sakit Zahidov's father Salim Zahidov died in the evening on 1 December. After the brothers' mother Hadija Zahidov, and countless human rights activists, sent a telegram to the Justice Ministry, G. Zahid and S. Zahidov were temporarily released on the night of 2 December. On 8 December the Zahidov brothers were sent back to their respective prisons.

According to Rena Zahidova, the recent notions written in the press regarding possible pardon decree for the New Year does not interest Sakit. “We are waiting impatiently for the term of Sakit’s punishment to end, so he is released,” said Zahidova.