April 16th, 2009
Yesterday, 15 April, in the Baku Appellate Court, under the Chairmanship of Judge Aygun Abdullayeva, a hearing was scheduled to take place on the appeal of “Abu Bakr” Mosque Imam Gamet Suleymanov against the decision of the Yasamal District Court adopted on his lawsuit against “Radio Liberty.”

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Media Rights Institute Lawyer, authoritative representative of “Radio Liberty” Fariz Namazli. According to Namazli, he was not notified of the date of the hearing and did not participate in the hearing. Therefore the hearing was postponed.
On 15 2008 the Yasamal District Court Judge Abbas Bagirov adopted a decision to partially fulfill the lawsuit of Gamet Suleymanov. According to the decision, “Radio Liberty” had to publish a refutation on its website.
G. Suleymanov appealed to the Yasamal District court after an article entitled “Who are the Havaris?” was published on the website of “Radio Liberty,” claiming that the article was damaging to the interests of the mosque and demanded that “Radio Liberty” publish a refutation on the website and pay 50,000 AZN compensation.