The Baku Appeals Court today heard the former student of the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy Elmin Badalov’s appeal against the Nasimi District Court 2 February 2011 decision which refused to fulfill the second lawsuit of the fired student against the Academy and its rector Siyavush Garayev, Badalov told IRFS.
Badalov told that the Academy leadership had condemned him for working for an oppositional newspaper. “It’s a fact. The protocol compiled by the Academy charges me with working for an oppositional newspaper. We presented the said protocol to the court as evidence,” he said. The next hearing was scheduled for May 12.
Elmin Badalov was dismissed from State Oil Academy on 19 January, 2010. On 12 November 2009 Bedelov published on the pia.az website an article titled “Reportage from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy” regarding incidents of bribery and financial fraud in the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. The student-journalist claims that the harassment he faced and his failures at the university are because of his articles. He had filed a lawsuit to Nasimi District Court to restore his right to education. On 5 April, 2010 the Nasimi District Court rejected the lawsuit of Badalov against Azerbaijan State Oil Academy and rector Siyavush Garayev. On 2 July, 2010, Baku Appeals Court upheld this decision as well. On November 23, the Supreme Court upheld the Appeals Court decision.