COMPLAINT OF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF NOT FULFILLED

May 14th, 2008

Today (14 May) in the Supreme Court a hearing was conducted on a cassation complaint filed against the Yasamal District Court verdict adopted on 22 October 2007 against "Korrupsiya va Jamiyyat" (Corruption and Society) journal and the publication's editor-in-chief Mammad Ahmadoglu under the chairmanship of Judge Vafaddin Ibayev.

Ahmadoglu, the defense lawyer of the journal Afandizade Abdulla, Media Rights Institute lawyer Elchin Sadigov, and the defense lawyer of the defendant Namig Alakbarov participated in the hearing.
 
Sadigov asked the court to overturn the decision of the Yasamal District Court, but the representative of the opposite side Alakbarov asked the court to not fulfill the lawsuit.
After listening to both sides the judge left for deliberations and then returned and revealed his decision. According to the decision, the cassation complaint was not fulfilled; the decision of Appellate Court was upheld. 
 Recall that, Great Britain citizen Adeola Agbabika and Namig Alekberov filed a lawsuit in the Yasamal District Court against "Korrupsiya va Jamiyyet" Journal and the journal's founder and chief editor Mammed Ahmedoglu. The lawsuit stems from the articles "The Judge's oath and appetite" and "How Nigerian swindler's lawsuit against the Justice Ministry was fulfilled according to 1,350,000 USD" which were run in 2007, in the ninth edition of the journal.
 On 4 October 2007, during a hearing on this case in the Yasamal District Court Judge Khagani Tagiyev adopted a decision that until this case is resolved in court "Korrupsiya va Jamiyyet" Journal and the journal's Editor-in-Chief Mammad Ahmadoglu are forbidden from disseminating any material about this case or the plaintiffs Great Britain citizen Adeola Agbabika and lawyer Namig Alakbarov. 
 Editor-in-chief Mammad Ahmadoglu filed a complaint against this decision in the Appellate Court.  On 13 March Appellate Court Judge Akif Isgandarov partially fulfilled this complaint. According to this decision, with the exclusion of the articles published about Namiq Alakbarov, the ban on the dissemination of materials about Great Britain citizen Adeola Agbabika was annulled, but the decision adopted on 22 October was upheld. Ahmadoglu then appealed to the Supreme Court asking the court to adopt the same decision about Namig Alakbarov.