October 7th, 2009

An appeal has been filed against the decision of the Azizbayov District Court adopted on 17 September 2009 on imprisoned “Azadlig” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid’s lawsuit to substitute his prison term with lighter punishment.

The Institute for reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Elchin Sadigov, G.Zahid’s lawyer. In the appeal they noted that the decision of the court is unfair.
“In our appeal we asked for the decision of the Azizbayov District Court, which was adopted on the groundless conclusions, to be annulled and to fulfill the lawsuit,” said Elchin Sadigov.
Ganimat Zahid filed a lawsuit to serve the rest of his punishment in freedom since one third of his prison term is over. However, the Azizbayov District Court did not fulfill the lawsuit.
Ganimat Zahid was convicted under articles 127.2.3 (hooliganism with intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code and imprisoned for four years.