Yesterday, 24 December, in the Sumgayit city Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Huseyin Nabiyev, a hearing was conducted on the appeal of “Yeni Musavat” newspaper column writer,
“Khalg” newspaper’s former editor-in-chief Mahal (Sadigov) Ismayiloglu’s appeal against the verdict of the Absheron District Court. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by M.Ismayiloglu.
Mahal Ismayiloglu said that medical expert gave complicated accounts. Then the medical expert responded to the lawyer’s questions. In addition, the witness accounts of Ismayiloglu and injured Najiba Safarova were listened to.
The next hearing on this case was scheduled for 7 January at 2:30 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 neighbour Vahid Imanov’s servant. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbour's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. On 1 July 2009 the journalist was found guilty under articles 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 and was sentenced to two years conditional imprisonment. M.Ismayiloglu claims that he was slandered for his journalist work.