Azaliq newspaper and its correspondent ordered to pay huge fine in defamation case

On October 21, 2012 Yasamal District Court partially granted the lawsuit filed by Bina shopping center owner Kabira Mammadova against Azadliq newspaper and its employee Ramin Deko for defamation. The newspaper and Deko are ordered to pay Mammadova 30,000AZN and 2,000AZN in compensation respectively, says lawyer Fariz Namazli.

Bina shopping center owner Kabira Mammadova appealed to Yasamal District Court on July 7, 2012 claiming that her business reputation was damaged by the articles “Kabira Mammadova’s Eurovision Operation” and “Kabira Mammadova’s New Title Deed Operation” printed in Azadlig newspaper. She was demanding that the newspaper give retraction and that each of the defendants pay 50 000AZN in punitive damages. Mammadova requested to transfer the amount to the “Home for elderly, disabled and mentally ill” located in Buzovna settlement of Baku.

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