G. ZAHID’S HEARING POSTPONED

Today (19 August) imprisoned “Azadlig” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid’s cassation complaint was supposed to be considered in the Supreme Court under the chairmanship of Judge Muzaffar Agazade.

Zahid’s defense lawyer Elchin Sadigov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that the hearing has been postponed until 26 August at 10:30 a.m. because the judge is on vacation.
On 7 March 2008, on the basis of a verdict issued by Yasamal District Court Judge Sadaba Mammedova, Zahid was sentenced 3.5 years of imprisonment under article 127.2.3 of Criminal Code (hooliganism with infliction of minor bodily harm), and 6 months under article 221 (hooliganism) – 4 years altogether. Appellate Court Judge Abid Abdinbayov upheld this decision on 13 May 2008.
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