DEPUTY TO WITHDRAW HIS LAWSUIT

March 4th, 2009
"Adalat" Party Chairman, Azerbaijan Milli Mejlis Member (parliamentarian) Ilyas Ismayilov is going to withdraw his lawsuit against "Nota" Newspaper Head Advisor Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev).The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by I. Ismayilov’s assistant Elkhan Shukurlu.

The journalist might be arrested and his family could suffer as a result of this, said Shukurlu. Novruzoglu has addressed an appeal to the president recently and unfortunate things happened to his relative. I. Ismayilov does not want his name to be mentioned and therefore he will withdraw his lawsuit. However, Novruzoglu has to apologize for the unpleasant things he wrote about Ismayilov, said Shukurlu.
Novruzoglu said that he did not write anything about Ismayilov that could be an element for court case and therefore he does not intend to apologize.

The lawsuit stems from the article "Russia rejects Ilyas Ismayilov" published in "24 Saat" Newspaper on 28 May 2008. In the article, Ismayilov is accused of having relations with separatists and being a politician working under orders of Russia. I.Ismayilov demands that the journalist be arrested.