Former prosecutor-general Ikhtiyar Shirin filed a special lawsuit against Khural Newspaper Editor-in-chief Avaz Zeynalli, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the Newspaper Malahat Zeynalli and former Defense Minister Rahim Gaziyev.
Today, 12 April, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ragib Gurbanov, a preliminary hearing was held; however, it was not completed, and the preliminary hearing on this case was postponed until 19 April, 10:15 a.m., and will continue at that time.
The defendants said that they had not received the lawsuit. Editor-in-chief Avaz Zeynalli pointed out that the lawsuit should be sent to the Narimanov District Court because Khural newspaper is situated in the Narimanov district. He said that he did not have a defense lawyer and has to sign a contract with the Media Rights Institute. Therefore, he requested that the hearing be postponed.
The lawsuit stems from Rahim Gaziye`s interview that was published in Khural newspaper on 10-16 January. In the interview R.Gaziyev expressed his opinion regarding Ikhtiyar Shirin`s statements in the press. For this reason, I.Shirin appealed to court in the special format lawsuit and demanded that a criminal case be opened against the defendants under the article 147 (defamation) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code.