HEARING HELD ON LAWSUIT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

July 7th, 2010

Yesterday, 6 July, in the Yasamal Distirct Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Tagiyev, a hearing was held on the special format lawsuit of Goychay Regional Police Department Former Chief Vugar Mammadyarov,

Goychay Regional Police Department Chief Inspector on Administrative Prosecutions Bakhtiyar Hashimov and Goychay Regional Police Department Investigation Department Chief Rufat Ibayev against the “Assistance to Defense of Democracy” Public Union Chairman and Human Rights defender, Vidadi Isgenderov.

 

Defendant Vidadi Isegenderov and the plaintiffs’ lawyer Alirza Habilov participated in the hearing.

 

Both sides spoke during the hearing. However, Isgenderov was unable to complete his speech due to the ending of the workday. The judge scheduled the next hearing for 15 July, at 3.30 p.m.

 

IRFS notes that at the beginning of June, Vugar Mammadyarov was dismissed from his post at Goychay Regional Police Department, and he then was appointed to the Chairman of the State Road Police’s Shirvan City Registration Examination Department.

 

The plaintiffs believed V.Isgenderov insulted them in the article entitled “Police got a 3000 AZN bribe from me” that was published in Azadlig newspaper on 2 April. They filed special format lawsuits against him under article 147.2 (slandering by accusing someone of grave or especially grave crimes) of the Criminal Code.