Cassation filed against Baku Appeals Court decision on Eynulla Fatullayev

Cassation filed against Baku Appeals Court decision on Eynulla Fatullayev
# 15 March 2011 13:45 (UTC +04:00)
The lawyer said the cassation is connected with the decision of Baku Appeals Court passed on January 25.
“Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court can consider the journalist’s appeal within a month. Moreover, while considering the case on the judgment of the European Court, Supreme Court confirmed his innocence. We hope that this time the court will pass a decision on his release,” he said.

Rashid Hajili said there is a threat to Fatullayev’s health.
“You know that Eynulla Fatullayev is held in the isolation ward on his own request. But taking into account that it is very difficult to stay in the isolation ward in winter, it will create serious problems for the journalist’s health. We want him to be transferred to a safer facility. We believe that the related bodies will solve this problem,” he said.

The lawyer also commented on media reports about pardoning of Eynulla Fatullayev.
“This is in the competence of the head of state,” he said.

Editor-in-chief of Gundalik Azerbayjan and Realny Azerbayjan newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev was arrested by the decision of Yasamal district court on April 20, 2007. He was accused of insulting Khojaly residents in his series of articles “Karabakh diary” and sentenced to two-and-a-half-year imprisonment. Later, he faced additional charges and sentenced to eight-and-a-half-year imprisonment on October 30, 2007.
0.223g heroin was found on Eynulla Fatullayev in jail #12 on December 30, 2009. He faced charges under Article 234.1 (illegal purchase or storage without a purpose of selling of narcotics or psychotropic substances in a quantity (amount) exceeding necessary for personal consumption) of the Criminal Code.
On July 6, Garadagh district court sentenced Eynulla Fatullayev to two-and-a-half-year imprisonment. Fatullayev filed an appeal against the decision of the district court. The appeal was not granted.