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Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Attempts To Prove Innocence


Journalist Eynulla Fatullayev in court in Baku in October 2007.

Journalist Eynulla Fatullayev in court in Baku in October 2007.

An appeals court in Baku has dismissed a lawsuit filed by imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev against Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Fatullayev was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in jail in September 2006 for giving false information in his newspaper "Realniy Azerbaijan."

Mammadyarov filed charges against Fatullayev, claiming that his article -- an analysis about the consequences that a U.S.-Iranian war would have for Azerbaijan -- caused panic in foreign embassies and international companies in Azerbaijan.

In his lawsuit against Mammadyarov, Fatullayev demanded a list of the foreign embassies that allegedly panicked because of the article.

Fatullayev's lawyer, Isakhan Ashurov, told RFE/RL that the Foreign Affairs Ministry refused to provide the list of embassies.

Ashurov says his client will appeal his case to the Supreme Court.

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