January 7th, 2010
Today, 7 January, in the Sumgayit city Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Huseyin Nabiyev, a hearing was conducted on the appeal of Yeni Musavat newspaper column writer, Khalg newspaper’s former editor-in-chief Mahal (Sadigov) Ismayiloglu’s appeal against the verdict of the Absheron District Court.

Court Expert Jeyran Yusifova answered the parties` questions. Then injured party Najiba Safarova was listened to.
State Plaintiff Azer Abbasov demanded that the decision of the Absheron District Court be upheld. Defendant Mahal Ismayiloglu and his lawyer Elchin Sadigov said that the decision of the first instance court is unfair and demanded that the decision be annulled.  
The judge scheduled the next hearing on this case for 8 December at noon to announce the decision.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov’s servant. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor’s servant for dumping trash in his yard on 3 and 21 June 2008. Therefore a criminal case was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu under article 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code. On 1 July 2009 the journalist was found guilty under articles 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm), 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to two years conditional imprisonment. M.Ismayiloglu claims that he was slandered for his journalism work.