CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST FOUNDER OF GUNDEM KHABAR

August 19th, 2011
The Anti-Corruption Department under the Prosecutor General has opened a criminal case against Shirn Jaafari, the founder of the newspaper Gyundem Khabar, under Articles 213.2.2 (tax evasion) and 308.1 (abuse of power).

The basis for the investigation of the newspaper was the appeal of the Press Council, which included Gundem Khabar on the "black list" for not respecting the principles of privacy, disseminating information insulting the honor and dignity of individuals and regular violation of the Code of Ethics of Journalists.
   
The press service of the Prosecutor General said the investigation found that Jaafari not only broke the law on mass media, but failed to comply with the requirements of tax legislation.

It is alleged that Jaafari  did not prepare tax reports or arrange the accountancy in agreement with law.  He did not specify the printed edition of the newspaper and also breached the cash payment rules. The tax evasion unveiled totaled AZN 68,244.