Today, 10 April, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Svetlana Ahmedova, a hearing was held on the lawsuit of "Haji Mazan" LTD's Founder Ramazan Zeynalov to defend his honor and dignity against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Habil Valiyev.
Defendant’s Lawyer Jeyhun Jafarov appealed to the judge and requested that a document stating that the person referred to as Haji Mazan is Ramazan Huseyn oglu Zeynalov be submitted to court by the plaintiff. Noting that Haji Mazan’s name has been mentioned in the articles, Jafarov said that it is important that the lawsuit be submitted to court by Haji Mazan.
Judge Ahmedova scheduled the next hearing for 13 April at 5:00 p.m.
This lawsuit stems from articles "Narcotics Itinerary in the South" published in the newspaper on 14 January 2009 and "Narcotics Itinerary in the South – 2" published in the newspaper on 22 January, 2009. The plaintiff is seeking the publication of a refutation, an apology from the newspaper, and 1 million AZN from Editor-in-Chief Habil Valiyev for the company in compensation for moral damages.
Judge Khagani Mammadov is on vacation, therefore the case is being considered by Judge Svetlana Ahmedova.