Today, 14 May, in the Absheron District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Shemseddin Abbasov, a hearing was scheduled to be held on the case under article 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm) 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code against "Yeni Musavat" Newspaper columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of “Khalg” Newspaper Mahal Ismayiloglu.
Ismayiloglu asked the judge to postpone the hearing because his lawyers Elchin Sadigov and Alayif Hasanov did not participate in the hearing.
The judge scheduled the next hearing on this case for 21 May at 4:00 p.m.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote.