Today, 16 June, in the Nasimi District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ikram Shirinov, a hearing was held on Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Chairman Emin Huseynov against the Ministry of Interior, Nasimi District Police Department, and Nasimi District Police Department Office #22 for subjection to pressure.
Huseynov’s lawyer, Media Rights Institute representative Elchin Sadigov and Nasimi District Police Department and Nasimi District Police Department Office #22 lawyer Mezahir Shahbarov participated in the hearing. A representative from the Ministry of Interior was not present.
During the hearing, the sides responded to each other’s final statements and the judge announced that he will issue his decision on this case tomorrow 17 June at 5 p.m.
On 14 June 2008, a group of fans of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevera was trying to conduct an event in "Alaturka" Restaurant when the employees of law enforcement organs interfered. IRFS Chairman Emin Huseynov, who was there observing and filming the event, was beaten by police in the Police Department 22. He lost consciousness due to police pressure and received treatment for more than twenty days in the hospital. In his lawsuit, Huseynov says that he was wrongfully detained by police, and subjected to physical and psychological pressure, as a result of which his health was damaged. He is seeking 150,000 AZN in compensation from each of the defendants.