September 1st, 2009
Today, 1 September, in the Sumgayit City Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Huseyin Nabiyev, a hearing scheduled to be held 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 was postponed. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by M.Ismayiloglu.

“Since our motion to consider the case via court investigation was not fulfilled during the preliminary hearing, we filed a cassation complaint in the Supreme Court,” said M.Ismayiloglu. “Therefore the hearing on the appeal complaint was postponed until the decision of the Supreme Court comes out.”

On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov’s servant. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor'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 conditional imprisonment for two years. Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote, and the verdict against him is politically motivated.