INSTITUTE FOR REPORTERS’ FREEDOM AND SAFETY TO APPEAL TO COURT

July 21st, 2009
The investigation conducted in the Lankaran City Prosecutor’s Office in connection with physical pressure against Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety researcher Rasim Aliyev and braking of Nikon D90 photo camera has been concluded. It is noted in the letter sent to IRFS today (21 July) that a criminal case will not be opened because the facts have not been proved during the investigation, and there is no crime content in the materials that were gathered. In the letter signed by Lankaran City Prosecutor’s Assistant Rashad Tanriverdiyev it is noted that an appeal regarding damages can be filed in the relevant local court.

IRFS Chairman Emin Huseynov said that an appeal will be made to the Lankaran City Court.

On 22 July, at approximately 12:20 p.m., Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety researcher Rasim Aliyev and “Janub Khaberler” Newspaper correspondent Parviz Azimov were investigating Azimov’s expulsion from Lankeran State University (LSU) when a guard from the university – Agaeli Kalbaliyev confronted them in the yard of the university compound, insulted them, pushed them and struck the Nikon D90 photo camera that Aliyev was holding in his hand, breaking it.