Today in the Baku Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Abid Abdinebeyov, “Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper editor Uzeir Jafarov’s appeal against the verdict handed down by the Yasamal District Court was considered.
The hearing opened with the defense and prosecution making statements to the court.
Jafarov told the court that he filed a complaint in the Yasamal District Court, not due to investigator Rafig Aliyev’s work, but due to Aliyev’s lack of work. Recall that Aliyev was responsible for investigating the 20 April 2007 attack on Uzeir Jafarov outside “Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper’s editorial office. “Rafig Aliyev did not speak to a single one of the witnesses I suggested to the investigation,” said Jafarov. “The policeman who beat me was not interrogated. In addition to this, no case material was given to me, not even a single expert assessment, or a copy of the decision to throw out the case. I learned that the case had been dismissed during a court hearing. “
After this, R. Aliyev addressed the court. He said that he interrogated Yasamal District Police Department employee Nebi. Nebi said that he was keeping the peace during Eynulla Fatullayev’s trial, and after this he went home. Nebi’s family corroborated this information, according to Aliyev. (Recall that Jafarov identified Nebi as his attacker in photos from imprisoned Gundalik Azerbayjan and Realny Azerbayjan Editor-in-Chief Eynulla Fatullayev’s trial. On the same day that Fatullayev’s trial concluded, Jafarov was attacked.)
Next state representative, Yasamal District Deputy Prosecutor Rauf Gasimov, spoke. He told the court that the investigation into Jafarov’s attack was carried out properly, and asked the court not to fulfill Jafarov’s lawsuit.
After consultations, Judge Abdinebeyov upheld the Yasamal District Court’s decision not to fulfill Jafarov’s complaint. At the same time, the Judge ordered Gasimov and Aliyev to provide Jafarov with all case materials. Jafarov told IRFS that he will now file a cassation complaint.
Recall that on 20 April 2007 Uzeir Jafarov was attacked as he left the editorial office of “Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper. In connection with this, Yasamal District Police Department #27 instituted a criminal case, which Jafarov says was only partially investigated. In connection with this, Jafarov appealed to the Yasamal District Court, however this court dismissed the editor’s case. Then Jafarov appealed to the Appellate Court.