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Supreme Court upholds editor's conviction

(IRFS/IFEX) - On 3 June 2008, a hearing was held in the Supreme Court under the chairmanship of Judge Muzzafar Agazadeh on the cassation complaint of Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of "Gundalik Azerbayjan" and "Realny Azerbayjan" newspapers. The court upheld the decision of the Appellate Court. The journalist's mother, Gulshan Fatullayeva, informed IRFS about the ruling.

Fatullayev was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by Grave Crimes Court Judge Mehdi Asadov on 30 October 2007. The editor was convicted under articles 214.1 (terrorism), 283.2.2 (incitement of ethnic/national, social or religious hatred and abusing authority), and 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code.

Subsequently, on 16 January 2008, an appellate court upheld the Grave Crimes Court's decision during a hearing on the journalist's appeal complaint.

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