July 27th, 2010

On 26 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.

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


Isgenderov submitted his objection to the judge in written form. Isgenderov said that Judge Tagiyev threatened him with an arrest during the last hearing.


“The judge does not accept my valid motions. Given that the judge failed to fully consider the case among other things, I want the case to be given to a different judge and begin the proceedings again at the initial stage,” said Isgenderov of his objection.


The plaintiffs’ lawyer Alirza Habilov said that the objection was unfounded and relied on the official judgments. He demanded that the objection remain unconsidered.


The judge scheduled the next hearing for 12 August at 4.30 p.m.



At the beginning of June, Vugar Mammadyarov was dismissed from his post at the Goychay Regional Police Department, and he then was appointed as the chairman of the State Road Police’s Shirvan City Registration Examination Department.


The plaintiffs believed 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.