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Eynulla Fatullayev

Eynulla Fatullayev

Published on Thursday 1 April 2010. Updated on Saturday 10 April 2010.
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Date of Expected Release: 2015


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Eynulla Fatullayev (AZERBAIJAN)Eynulla Fatullayev was the editor of Azerbaijan’s two most important dailies, Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan. A former reporter for opposition newspaper The Monitor, which was shut down after the it’s editor Elmar Hüseynov, was murdered in 2005, Fatullayev was the target of government intimidation several years before he was arrested. In 2007 he received death threats after writing an article criticizing government attempts to obstruct the investigation into Huseynov’s death.

Trial and Sentencing

Eynulla Fatullayev was initially imprisoned and charged with libel in April 2007 for criticizing the Azerbaijani and Armenian armed forces for their shared responsibility in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. On 30 October 2007, Fatullayev was additionally found guilty of “terrorism threat” , tax evasion and inciting racial hatred, which brought his sentence to eight and a half years in prison. He was also fined 200,000 manats (230,000 US dollars).The trial focused on an article headlined “The Alievs prepare for war,” which appeared in the Russian-language Realny Azerbaijan in May. Fatullayev argued in this article that Azerbaijan would be exposed to reprisals if the United States attacked Iran. The charge of inciting racial hatred was based on the fact that he also warned that this policy could revive ethnic tension within Azerbaijan.

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