Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The arrested former chief editor of the Daily Azerbaijan and Real Azerbaijan newspapers, Eynulla Fatullayev, stopped a hunger strike on Oct. 28.
Fatullayev stopped his hunger strike last night, Azerbaijani Justice Ministry's Penitentiary Service Spokesman Mehman Sadigov told Trend on Friday.
There is no serious problem in Fatullayev's health status and he is under doctors' control, Sadigov said.
Fatullayev has been completely going without any food and only drinking water since Oct.19. Fatullayev was protesting to non-execution of the European Court of Human Rights' (ECHR) decision on his appeal against Azerbaijan.
The ECHR announced its decision regarding Fattulayev's appeal on its website April 22. The court demanded the journalist's immediate release.
A few days ago the European Court issued a final ruling on Fatullayev's suit against Azerbaijan. According to the decision, Fatullayev must be immediately freed and he must be paid 28,000 euros.
Fatullayev was arrested April 20, 2007 and sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. He was accused of calling for terrorism, inciting ethnic hatred and tax evasion.
In December 2009, about 0.223 grams of heroin was found in Fatullayev's shoes and jacket. A criminal case was filed under Article 234.1 (illegal purchase or storage narcotics or psychotropic substances in quantities exceeding necessary for personal consumption without the intent to sell) of the Criminal Code. The Court sentenced Fatullayev to additional 2.6 years.
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