Baku Appeals Court rejects appeal of imprisoned editor-in-chief

Society Materials 10 February 2009 17:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 10 / Trend , K.Zarbaliyeva /

The Baku Appeals Court rejected the appeal of an imprisoned editor-in-chief.

Editor-in-chief of the Realniy Azerbaijan and Gundalik Azerbaijan newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev appealed the decision of the Yasamal District Court.

Fatullayev's lawyer Iasakhan Ashurov said he would appeal the court's decision in the Supreme Court.

Foreign Minister Mammadyarov appealed to the national security minister earlier, and a lawsuit was filed against Fatullayev for mass terror.

Foreign citizens and businessmen in Azerbaijan became worried after reading the journalist's article titled, "Aliyevs Go to War" and appealed to the Foreign Ministry, Mammadyarov said.

Fatullayev sent an inquiry to Mammadyarov and asked him to publicize the names of the worried people.

Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and charged with slander on April 20, 2007. A new lawsuit was filed against the editor-in-chief for terrorism, using his position to cause racial or religious animosity and tax evasion. He was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison on Oct. 30, 2007.

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