ELMIN BADALOV HAS PROBLEMS WITH EYESIGHT AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

January 10th, 2012
Yeni Musavat newspaper employee, Elmin Bedelov has had problems with his vision after he was physically assaulted while taking photos of a villa allegedly belonging to Ziya Mammadov, the head of the Ministry of Transport.

Badalov reported that he is being treated by a doctor at the Ankara Medical Center and has medical documents confirming that he has eyesight problems.
“When I was attacked, my head was smashed into the asphalt. The documents also confirm that I suffered a traumatic brain injury from that strike. Until now, I didn’t take it that seriously, but, from occasionally I experienced complications.  I don’t see well at a distance. Recently, I went to the doctor, who said that I have 30% vision in my right eye, and 40 % in my left eye. The doctors also said that I could lose my eyesight if not treated, and that these issues are related to the traumatic brain injury I suffered. I have already been receiving treatment for 5 days,” said the journalist.
The incident occurred on 28 July, 2010 when journalists Elmin Bedelov and Anar Garayli were preparing a report about the rich in Mardakan. A photo camera belonging to Yeni Musavat newspaper’s editorial-office was damaged and the journalists were physically assaulted by guards when they tried to film the house of Ziya Mammadov.  The journalists were released after being detained for 3 hours, but their photos were deleted and their memory card was broken prior. Later officials claimed that the villa does not belong to Ziya Mammadov but to businessman Emin Alasgerov.