Azerbaijan: Sentence upheld

On 3 June 2008 the Azerbaijani Supreme Court upheld the decision taken by the appellate court of 16 January 2008, Eynulla Fatullayev, who is serving an eight and a half year sentence on charges linked to his critical reporting. English PEN considers the continued detention of Eynulla Fatullayev to be a breach of international standards guaranteeing freedom of expression and calls for his immediate release.

Eynulla Fatullayev, editor of Russian language weekly Realny Azerbaijan and the Azeri language weekly Gündelike Azerbaijan, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison on 30 October 2007 on charges of terrorism and inciting ethnic hatred under article 214 of the Azeri Penal Code.  He is currently being held in a prison just outside Baku.


For further information on this case, please click here.


Please send appeals:


– Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Eynullah Fatullayev;
– Referring to the fact that his continued imprisonment is in clear breach of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Appeals to:


Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic
19 Istiqlaliyyat Street
Baku AZ1066 Azerbaijan
Fax: 00 994 12 492 0625


Minister of Internal Affairs
Lt.-Gen. Ramil Usubov
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Husu Hajiyev Street 7, 370005 Baku, Azerbaijan
Fax:  994 12 492 45 90


Please copy your appeals to the representative of Azerbaijan in the UK:


His Excellency Fakhraddin Gurbanov
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
W8 5 DL

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