Today, 17 December, a closed hearing on the lawsuit of Director of School #21 Farrukh Agasiyev against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper was held in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Matanat Hajiyeva.
Bakikhan Yusifov was the authorized representative of the plaintiff. "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper founder and Editor-in-chief Habil Valiyev and assistant Editor-in-Chief Uzeyir Jafarov participated in the hearing on behalf of the defense. The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety was told this by U. Jafarov.
Assistant Director of School #21 Zohra Yusubova filed the lawsuit using the same demands against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper. This case was under consideration of Judge Khagani Mammadov. During the last hearing the defendant party put forth a motion asking Judge Hajiyeva to join these two cases into one for consideration. The judge accepted the motion for consideration, and then postponed the hearing.
According to U. Jafarov, Judge Hajiyeva stated during today’s hearing that these two cases will be combined for consideration in a trial held under the chairmanship of Judge Mammadov.
The next hearing, which will be held closed, is now scheduled to take place on 25 December at 3:00 p.m. under the chairmanship of Judge Mammadov.
This lawsuit stems from the article entitled "5th grader raped" which was published on 7 November 2008 in "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper.