Today, 12 March, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Tahir Ismayilov, a hearing on the court case against the assistant editor-in chief of "Korrupsiya ve Jamiyyat" (Corruption and Society) Journal Mubariz Masimoglu and citizen Shakir Abbasov was held.
M. Masimoglu’s defense lawyer did not take part in the hearing, but he did not object against holding the hearing.
Rasim Huseynov, the driver of bus 218, where the incident took place, was interrogated. R. Huseynov noted that he did not witness any incident since he was driving, but stopped the bus after having hearing passengers scream “Stop the bus! It is too noisy; it is not possible to go.” After the bus was stopped, the police took the people that were allegedly making noise to the police unit, he said.
Adding that he was called to the Yasamal District Police Department in the evening on the same day, R. Huseynov noted that he made a statement regarding the incident.
“Since I cannot read and write in Latin graphic, the police wrote it for me and I signed it,” said R. Huseynov.
Then Judge Tahir Ismayilov scheduled the next hearing for 31 March at 11:00 a.m.
This lawsuit stems from a dispute which happened on a public bus between assistant editor-in chief of "Korrupsiya ve Jamiyyat" Journal Mubariz Masimoglu, Maleyka Asadova and Emil Jarchiyev in August 2008. A criminal case was opened against Mubariz Masimoglu in the Yasamal District Police Department under article 221.2 (hooliganism).