ERSHAD IBRAHIMOV’S APPEAL NOT CONSIDERED YET

April 21st, 2009
The appeal of “Azadliq” Newspaper Ganja Region correspondent Ershad Ibrahimov, who was arrested on 17 April, has not been considered yet. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by the journalist’s lawyer Alayif Hasanov.

According to Hasanov, who went to Ganja to become familiar with the case, E. Ibrahimov’s previous lawyer Ramiz Abdullayev filed a lawsuit yesterday (20 April), but Ganja city Nizami District Court has not sent the appeal to the Appellate Court yet. Judge Zaki Babayev said this was due to the lack of a letter carrier.
A. Hasanov added that the appeal has already been received by the Appellate Court today, 21 April, and the hearing has been scheduled to take place during the second half of the day tomorrow.
On April 17, “Azadliq” Newspaper Ganja Region correspondent Ershad Ibrahimov was detained by employees from the operations/investigative department of Ganja City’s Kepez District Police Department and was taken to the police department. A case was instituted against him on the basis of Article 310 of the Republic of Azerbaijan’s Administrative Code (intentionally not obeying police and/or soldiers). On the same day, Ganja city Nizami District Court Judge Zaki Babayev reviewed the case, found Ibrahimov guilty and sentenced the journalist to 10 days of imprisonment.