국제앰네스티는 아제르바이잔 당국에 대법원의 사건조작 판결에도 불구하고 새로 조작된 혐의로 구금되어 있는 기자를 즉각 석방할 것을 촉구했다.
수도인 바쿠(Baku)지역 법원은 지난 12일 에이눌라 파툴라예브(Eynulla Fatullayev)에 대한 명예훼손, 테러, 인종차별 혐의를 인정하지 않았으며 이는 유럽인권재판소가 지난 4월에내린 판결과 일치한다.
그는 또한 2007년 내려진 탈세혐의에 대한 형기를 마쳤으나. 7월에 마약소지혐의로 유죄선고 받았으며 지난 7월부터 2년 반 간의 형을 복역 중에 있다.
국제앰네스티 존 달후이센(John Dalhuisen)은 (위와 같은) 아제르바이잔 당국의 노골적인 계략을 보면 정부를 비판하는 유명 평론가를 가둬두려 얼마나 혈안이 되어 있는지 알 수 있다고 평하며 파툴라예브를 즉각 석방해야 한다고 전했다.
AZERBAIJAN URGED TO RELEASE JOURNALIST AFTER COURT REVOKES CHARGES
12 November 2010Amnesty International has urged the Azerbaijani authorities to release a journalist who, despite a Supreme Court ruling this week revoking fabricated charges against him, remains in prison on a new set of apparently trumped-up charges.
The Court in the capital Baku on Thursday revoked charges against Eynulla Fatullayev of defamation, terrorism, and incitement to racial hatred, in line with a European Court of Human Rights ruling in April that he be freed.
The court also ruled that Fatullayev, who was jailed in 2007, had served a concurrent prison term for tax evasion.
However, Fatullayev, who Amnesty International considers to be a prisoner of conscience, remains in prison on a separate conviction for drugs possession for which he was sentenced to two and half years in July.
“By sentencing Eynulla Fatullayev to a further prison term three months after the European Court ruling was made, Azerbaijan has clearly sought to side-step the Court’s judgment,” said John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International.
“The authorities’ blatant manoeuvring shows how desperate they are to keep a prominent critic of the government behind bars. Eynulla Fatullayev must be released immediately.”
In April this year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Fatullayev should be freed as Azerbaijan had violated his rights to freedom of expression and a fair trial.
The ruling would have become final on 22 July after a three-month period during which Azerbaijan could contest it.
However, one day before the deadline, Azerbaijan’s government requested that the case be referred to the European Court’s Grand Chamber. The Grand Chamber rejected their request on 4 October, resulting in the judgment becoming final.
During the three-month period before the deadline, Azerbaijan tried Eynulla Fatullayev on another set of charges and on 6 July, he was convicted and sentenced to a further two and a half years’ imprisonment for possession of drugs.
Eynulla Fatullayev was jailed in April 2007 after writing a series of newspaper articles critical of the authorities.
He was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison on trumped-up charges of terrorism, defamation, incitement to racial hatred and tax evasion, all of which were quashed by the European Court in April.