GANIMAT ZAHID’S LAWSUIT NOT FULFILLED

October 6th, 2008
Today, 6 October, in the Sabail District Court  the trial on the lawsuit filed regarding the manuscripts of a book imprisoned "Azadlig" Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ganimat Zahid's was writing while he was being held in Bayil Prison #1 concluded under the chairmanship of Judge Famil Nasibov.

The judge, without indicating any reasons, issued a decision not to fulfilled Zahid’s complaint.
Ganimat’s defense lawyer E. Sadigov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that this case has big importance, and a clearly unfounded decision was issued on this case. “Since this case is very important, we’ll take it to the European Court of Human Rights. A related appeal will be made against the decision. However, it is not convincing that those appeals will be fulfilled,” according to Sadigov.

According to Zahid, he wrote a book about modern history of Azerbaijan when he was held in Bayil Prison. Bayil Prison Head Misir Aliyev took a handwritten 300 page-long manuscript from Zahid, claiming he wanted to read it. Then M.Aliyev confiscated the manuscripts claiming that they contained writings against government, Heydar Aliyev and Ilham Aliyev. The manuscripts then were sent to the Penitentiary Services of the Justice Ministry. Since the manuscripts were not returned, Ganimat appealed to court. It is stated that the manuscripts, which were sent from the Penitentiary Services to Bayil Prison, have been destroyed.