EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S MOTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED

December 9th, 2009
Yesterday, 8 December, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Tagiyev, a hearing was held on the lawsuit of Internal Minister Ramil Usubov against Femida 007 Newspaper Editor-in-chief Eyyub Karimov.

The Judge fulfilled Eyyub Karimov’s motion partially and issued a decision to appoint an examination into the articles in questions “Letter fancier,” and “NSM and Chief Prosecutor’s Office know well who ordered it,” which were published in the Femida-007 newspaper; and “Internal Ministry inside and outside of the game,” published in Azadlig newspaper to find out if there was any libel and slander. The judge removed the question “if the articles are based on the facts, can they be considered libel?” from the motion and fulfilled the motion partially.

The consideration of the case was ceased the examination is being conducted.

During the hearing on 7 December, Eyyub Karimov said that he did not agree with the charges against him.  Eyyub Karimov said that he based his articles on the interview of Ramil Usubov given to “Hesabat” journal after the incident of Haji Mammadov. Ramil Usubov confirmed that he has not been aware of the criminal group within the Internal Affairs Ministry during 11 years.

Eyyub Karimov mentioned Internal Minister Deputy Asger Alakberov’s statement to press during the same period. “Asger Alakberov said in his interview that the failure of the relevant organs to fight against felony, and serious shortcomings in this sector allowed Haji Mammadov to use the situation,” said Karimov. “I have expressed my views regarding these interviews”.

Interior Minister Ramil Usubov filed a lawsuit against Eyyub Karimov under article 147.2 of the Criminal Code due to articles “Letter fancier,” and “NSM and Chief Prosecutor’s Office know well who ordered it,” which were published in Femida-007 newspaper; and “Internal Ministry inside and outside of the game” published in Azadlig newspaper.