On 2 April the Baku Appeals Court, under judge Qail Mammadov, heard the appeal filed by journalist Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahveridyev) against 22 August 2012 decision of Nizami District Court. “The journalist did not cross the state border illegally between November of 2010 and October of 2011. During this period he lived in Baku. On 12 September 2011 he was in the city of Nakhchivan, where he met with a group of human rights activists and journalists and attended the hearing on the case of IRFS employee Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev in Sharur District Court. The photos and videos taken by IRFS on that date can prove it” journalist’s lawyer Fariz Namazli told the judge at the hearing.
Namazli filed a petition with the court requesting to invite lawyer Asabali Mustafayev, IRFS chairman Emin Huseynov, and journalists Idrak Abbasov, Shahvalad Chobanoglu and Afgan Mukhtarli to give evidence as witnesses, as it is obviously seen in the Obyektiv TV video that they are talking to the journalist.
After a quick deliberation the jury denied the petition. Faramaz Novruzoglu objected to this and said he wanted to leave the courtroom.
After a second deliberation, the panel decided to reject the journalist’s appeal and uphold the original ruling.
In his interview with IRFS, lawyer Namazli said the defense is going to file a cassation appeal against this decision.
Background: Faramaz Allahverdi