Yesterday, 18 November, in the Supreme Court, under the chairmanship of Neriman Huseynov, the cassation complaint of Musavat newspaper column writer, Khalg newspaper’s former editor-in-chief Mahal (Sadigov) Ismayiloglu was not fulfilled. He filed a cassation complaint because his motion to consider his appeal complaint from the verdict of Absheron district court via court investigation was only partially fulfilled.
Media Rights Institute lawyer Elcin Sadigov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that Judge N.Huseynov issued a decision to uphold the verdict.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbour Vahid Imanov’s servant. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbour's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. On 1 July 2009 the journalist was found guilty under articles 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm), 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to conditional imprisonment for two years. M.Ismayiloglu claims that he was slandered for his journalist activities. The hearings on the appeal filed against the Absheron District Court’s verdict were postponed until the cassation complaint filed against the decision adopted concerning the motion was concluded.