HEARING ON TURKISH BUSINESSMAN’S LAWSUIT AGAINST EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

July 8th, 2011
Today, Nasimi District Court held a preliminary hearing on the criminal lawsuit filed by Turkish businessman Mustafa Tayat against the Polit-Press newspaper editor-in-chief Adalat Nabibbayli. Judge Etibar Humbatov presided over the hearing.

The plaintiff’s lawyer Vusal Dadashov, defendant Adalat Nabibbayli and media representatives were in attendance.
Nabibbayli’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov requested time from the court to prepare for the defence. The judge filed the motion and recheduled the next hearing for  8 July, 2011.
BACKGROUND
Turkish businessman Mustafa Tayat’s lawsuit stemmed from the 18 June article of Poilt-Press newspaper titled “Which Minister in Baku supports Mustafa Tayat?”. Citing humiliation of honor and dignity Tayat sued Nabibbayli under Articles 147 (libel) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.