CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST MAHAL ISMAYILOGLU SENT TO COURT

February 23rd, 2009
The investigation into the case against "Yeni Musavat" columnist Mahal Ismayiloglu is finished and the case against the journalist has been sent to the Absheron District Court.

The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety was told this by Ismayiloglu.
According to the journalist, he went to the Absheron District Police Department yesterday (22 February) and was familiarized with the investigation materials and examination opinion. Then he signed the protocol and the case was sent to the court.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to the Absheron District Police Department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu.