Today, the Sumgait Appeals Court heard the appeal of “Guzgu” reporter Kamran Bayaliyev. He was appealing against the Gubadli District Court’s decision on the lawsuit filed against him by Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov. The Gubadli Court had found him guilty of inflicting intentional minor bodily harm as well as hooliganism, reported Bayaliyev.
The process kicked off with the testimonies of the witnesses invited by the defendant side. Then Bayaliyev’s lawyer Vugar Khasayev filed a motion to invite Absheron District Prosecutor Azar Vahabzada, Absheron District Police Office Investigation Department’s investigator Agil Alasgarov and Absheron District Police Office investigator Faig Safarov to witness the process. The judge rejected the motion and scheduled the next hearing for June 24.
On September 11th 2009, a dispute broke out between “Guzgu” newspaper correspondent Kamran Beyeliyev, and Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov, who were renting a café on Baku-Sumgayit highway. The cafe belonged to Sabir Gafarov. The conflict began with the demand that Beyeliyev stop publishing articles about the cafe. Zeynalov and Novruzov sued Bayaliyev, and the Gubadli Regional Court sentenced him to one year of corrective labor.