The hearing opened with Novruzov giving documents to the judge. Copies of the editorial office’s work registration book and a declaration on accepting the chief editor for work were introduced to the court. After the judge and lawyers reviewed the documents, Vugar Gurdganli was formally named a defendant in the case.
Novruzov then appealed to the judge and lawyers to resolve this case peacefully through the publication of a refutation, but this suggestion was rejected by the plaintiffs and the giving of testimony continued.
The next hearing on this case will take place on April 7 at 4 p.m.
Recall that, ANS filed a lawsuit against "Azadlig Fedaileri" Newspaper and correspondent Nebi Allahverdi, due to an article that was run in the 28 November-01 December 2007 edition of the newspaper. According to ANS' legal representation, the article, entitled "The pornography of ANS," with the subtitle "ANS is in everywhere-impoliteness," doesn't correspond to the truth, and involves false, humiliating and insulting information. ANS is seeking to have a refutation published, and also wants a 50,000 AZN fine instituted against Allahverdi and a 10,000 AZN fine instituted against "Azadlig Fedaileri."