Press release - 547(2010)

Secretary General expresses concern about the conviction of Azerbaijani journalist

Strasbourg, 07.07.2010 - I am concerned about reports that the editor and journalist Eynulla Fatullayev has been found guilty of the charges of drug possession and sentenced to an additional 2 ½ years of imprisonment.

In April of this year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that there had been violations of the freedom of expression in regard of Mr Fatullayev's first two convictions, and ordered his immediate release from prison. I call on the government of Azerbaijan to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

I will continue to closely follow this case. Azerbaijan is a member State of the Council of Europe and therefore legally bound to respect voluntarily accepted standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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