August 5th, 2009
Today, 5 August, in the Narimanov District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Arif Ismayilov, a hearing was held on the civil lawsuit of Human Rights Defender, Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Chairman Elchin Behbudov against “Milletim” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Faramaz Novruzoglu.

During the hearing the plaintiff submitted the written statement of Prison #14 Chief Arshad Hasanov to the judge. Then the Prison #1 Deputy Chief on Education Elkhan Baylarov was interrogated as a witness.  
Plaintiff’s lawyer Samad Aliyev put forth a motion to invite Ayten Shirin, author one of the articles in question, to the court and the motion was fulfilled.
During the last hearing F..Novruzoglu’s motion to interrogate Eldar Jabbarov, prisoner at Gobustan Closed Prison, as a witness was fulfilled. The judge told the defendant that there were problems with bringing the prisoner here; therefore the questions addressed to him should be submitted in the written form.  
The next hearing on this case will be held on 17 August at 5:00 p.m.
Elchin Behbudov filed a lawsuit in civil format against F.Novruzoglu due to series of articles about criminal cases in prisons and concealing of these cases by human rights defenders in “Milletim” newspaper and demanded that the editor-in-chief publish a refutation and pay 100 000 AZN in fines.