Today, 19 August, in the Lankeran City Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Javanshir Mammadov, a hearing scheduled to be held on student/journalist Parviz Azimov’s lawsuit to consider the decision to exclude him from Lankeran State University (LSU) unfounded was postponed. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by P.Azimov.
The hearing has been postponed because Judge J.Mammadov was not able to participate in the hearing due to unidentified reasons. The next hearing on this case will be held on 27 August at 3:30 p.m.
LSU claims that Parviz Azimov violated internal discipline rules to expel him (allegedly beat a fellow student); however Azimov says that he was expelled because of his article “Open Bazaar in Closed Rooms,” which was published in “Janub Khabarlari” Newspaper on 10 February 2009.