Today in the Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ali Sayfaliyev, a hearing on the complaint against the decision adopted by the Narimanov District Court’s decision on “Azerbayjan” Publishing House’s lawsuit against “Khural” Newspaper and the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Avez Zeynalli.
Judge Sayfaliyev upheld the Narimanov District Court’s decision. Zeynalli told IRFS he will now file a cassation complaint.
Recall that the Republic of Azerbaijan Presidential Works Department Executive Director Agabey Asgerov filed a lawsuit against "Khural" Newspaper Chief Editor Avaz Zeynalli and correspondent Kamal Huseyn on 28 August 2007. The case stems from the article "Publishing House Cuts Gold" which was run in the 24-30 July 2007 edition of "Khural" Newspaper, the article "Death Place of Azerbaijan's House no, Azerbaijan factory", which was run in the 19-25 August 2007 edition of "Khural" Newspaper. The articles reported alleged law violations committed by "Azerbaijan" Publishing House's director, and Asagarov claims the articles were defamatory and libelous. On 17 January the Narimanov District Court, under the chairmanship of Sevinj Aliyev adopted its verdict. Zeynalli was convicted under articles 147 and 148 of the Republic of Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code (slander and insult), and sentenced to 1.5 years of corrective labor and ordered to pay 15% of his salary to the state during this period. The plaintiff has been seeking an apology and refutation for the newspaper and the institution of a 250,000 AZN fine.