Other Prisoners not Join Hunger Strike – Penitentiary Service
Azerbaijan, Baku, 30 March / Trend / The information about joining of some prisoners to the hunger strike launched by Eynulla Fatullayev does not true, the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijani Justice Ministry reported, according to Trend .
According to the Public Relations Department, the information spread by some media that Ruslan Bashirli, Rasim Akbarov and Mushvig Madatov joined the hunger strike launched by Fartullayev doe not true.
Shahvalad Chobanoglu, the chief editor of Gundalik Azerbaijan newspaper informed press that Rasim Akparov, national hero, Ruslan Bashirli, chairman of the youth organization Yeni Fikir, and Mushvig Madatov, former police officer, joined hunger strike.
Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of the Gundalik Azerbaijan and Realni Azerbaijan newspapers was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison by the decision of the Heinous Crimes Court on 30 October. The sentence was read in the Heinous Crimes Court of Azerbaijan on 30 October 2007. Fatullayev was charged with violating Articles 214.1 (terrorism), 283.2.2 (hostility) and 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Fatullayev allegedly did not pay tax in the amount of AZN 242,522. Fatullayev was charged as a result of articles published in his newspapers by the lawsuit of Tatyana Chaladzeh, head of the State Committee on Refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDP) on 20 April.
Fatullayev launched hunger strike on 26 March.