Today the Khazar District Court heard the appeals of Yeni Musavat newspaper employee Elmin Bedelov and Milli Yol newspaper correspondent Anar Aliyev.
They were appealing the Court’s refusal to open a criminal case against Khazar District Police Office. Judge Jeyhun Gadimov chaired the hearing.
Bedelov and his lawyer, and the Chief of Khazar District Police Office Investigation Department, Intigam Rustamov, attended the hearing.
On July 28th, journalists Elmin Bedelov and Anar Garayli were subjected to physical assault while they were preparing a report on the luxury estates in Mardakan. A camera belonging to Yeni Musavat newspaper was damaged. The journalists said that when they tried to take photos of a villa said to belong to Ziya Mammadov, they were beaten by guards. The journalists were released after being detained for 3 hours. The photos were deleted and the memory card was broken. The journalists subsequently lodged a complaint with Khazar District Police Department #1. On August 2nd, the complaint was transferred to the investigations department of Khazar District Police Office for investigation.
The Court refused to open a lawsuit against the Police Department. The journalists appealed against this decision, on the grounds that their case had not been properly investigated. They also requested an investigation of of the July 28th incident.
The prosecution claimed that the journalists were not physically assaulted. The defendants argued that it was unacceptable to subject journalists to physical assault while they were doing their job.
The Judge scheduled the next hearing for October 22nd.