Azerbaijani Opposition Party Applies to Government to Discharge Imprisoned Journalists
Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 Dec / Trend corr. I.Alizada/ The Azerbaijani opposition Musavat Party applied to the government to discharge imprisoned journalists.
"We apply to the government once more to take a necessary step to discharge illegally imprisoned three journalists," the right-wing opposition Musavat Party said on 3 Dec.
The three detained journalists held in Azerbaijan are Ganimat Zahid, chief editor of Azadlig newspaper (sentenced to five-year imprisonment), Mirza Sakit, a journalist of Azadlig newspaper (three-year imprisonment), and Eynulla Fatullayev, chief editor of Gundalik Azerbaijanand Realni Azerbaijan newspapers (eight-year and six-month imprisonment).
Salim Zahidov, a father of Ganimat Zahid and Mirza Sakit, died in Meysari village of Shamakhi on 1 Dec.
These journalists have got permission for a short trip to participate in their father's mourning ceremony for the first time in the history of the Azerbaijani punishment policy.
Discharge of the imprisoned journalists is a position of many influential international organizations, as well as the Azerbaijani society, Musavat Party believes.
"Musavat Party appraises the government's granting permission to the imprisoned journalists to take in their father's mourning ceremony," the Party said.
Opposition Musavat party was founded in Baku in Oct 1911. The third (restoration) sitting of Musavat party was held on 7 Nov 1992 in Republican Pal ace in Baku. Gambar was elected head of the Musavat party in a landslide in a secret vote.
Gambar was the speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament from 1992 to 1993. In 2003, he ran for presidency. The party is represented by 4 MPs in the Parliament.
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