HEARING HELD ON FOOTBALL CLUB’S PRESIDENT’S LAWSUIT AGAINST “FANAT.AZ” WEBSITE

August 17th, 2009
Today, 17 August, in the Nasimi District court, under the chairmanship of Judge Elmar Karimov, a hearing was held on “Khazar-Lankaran” Football Club President Mais Masimov’s lawsuit against “FANAT.AZ” sports website project head Zahir Azamat and sports writer Natig Mukhtarli in the special format under articles 147.2 (accusing someone in grave or especially grave crimes) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code.

Defendant N.Mukhtarli, website project head Zahir Azamat and his lawyer Khalid Bagirov, plaintiff’s lawyers Mazahir Niftaliyev and Azer Tagiyev participated in the hearing.  
Defense lawyer K.Bagirov filed a motion in connection with investigating evidence on the case, and participation of “Khazar-Lankaran” Football Club President Mais Masimov and former trainer of the club Bakhtiyar Musayev, club’s players Kamran Agayev, Emin Guliyev and Ravan Bashirov in the hearing.
Judge E.Karimov postponed the consideration of the motion until the next hearing.
Plaintiff’s lawyer M.Niftaliyev said that he considers expressions in the articles posted on the site insult and libel against his client and that the lawsuit is founded. He demanded that the defendants be punished.
Judge E.Karimov scheduled the next hearing for 26 August at 3:30 p.m.     
Claiming that his honor and dignity were insulted in Natig Mukhtarli’s column articles placed on “FANAT.AZ” sports website, Mais Masimov filed a lawsuit against Zahir Azamat and Natig Mukhtarli in the special format.