Several Prisoners in Azerbaijani Gobustan Prison Terminate Hunger Strike
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 January / Тrend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / Two prisoners in the Gobustan Closed Prison in Azerbaijan have suspended their hunger strike on the evening of 14 January.
The life-term prisoners, Elchin Amiraslanov, the head of the Gazakh office of OMON (Special Police Divisions), Shakir Rzakhanov, Rustam Mehdiyev and Zaur Suleymanov, began a hunger-strike on 12 January demanding a meeting with high-ranking officials.
On 14 January, Amiraslanov and Mehdiyev suspended their hunger-strike and informed the administration of the prison. On 15 January, Suleymanov also suspended the hunger-strike, the Central Office of the Penitentiary Service of the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry reported to Trend.
According to the Committee of the Relatives of the Life Prisoners, 15 are involved in the hunger strike which began last week. The prisoners protest against maintenance conditions.
Some 84 prisoners are serving their term in the Gobustan closed prison, whose death penalty was changed to life imprisonment. After cancelling the death penalty the number of prisoners reached 128. The life-term prisoners held numerous hunger-strikes demanding for their sentence to be reduced.
The prisoners consider that after abolishing the death penalty the term of their prison must be changed to the gravest punishment of the Criminal Code which is 15 years imprisonment.