COMPLAINT FROM THE DECISION OF GANIMAT ZAHID’S ARREST WILL BE CONSIDERED NEXT WEEK

April 17th, 2008
The complaint from the arrest decision of “Azadlig” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid will be considered in the Appellate court on 25 April.

Zahidov’s defense lawyer Elchin Sadigov told this to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. Sadigov stated that the hearing will be conducted under the chairmanship of Baku Appellate Court judge Abid Abdinbayov.  


Recall that with the decision of Yasamal District Court Judge Sadaba Mammedova Zahid got 3.5 years under article 127.2.3 of Criminal Code (to cause minor health damage with the intention of hooliganism), and 6 months under article 221 (hooliganism) – 4 years altogether.

 *Appellate Court Judge Abid Abdinbayov considered appellate complaints from “Azadlig” newspaper journalist/satiric Sakit Zahidov’s (Ganimat Zahid’s brother) arrest and  Editor-in-Chief of “Gundelik Azerbaijan” and “Realniy Azerbaijan” newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev’s arrest, and from the decision to choose pre-trial detention for “Bizim Yol” newspaper employee Mushfig Huseynov. In all three cases the judge upheld the lower courts’ decisions.