INTERNAL ARMY COMMANDER SUES “NOTA” NEWSPAPER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

May 4th, 2009
Deputy Minister of Interior, Internal Army Commander, General-lieutenant Zakir Hasanov has filed a lawsuit against “Nota” newspaper editor-in-chief Sardar Alibeyli  in the special form under article 147.2 (libel) of the Criminal Code.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Sardar Alibeyli. According to Alibeyli, the lawsuit stems from his author and investigative articles about the Internal Army in the last four editions of the newspaper.
“It is noted in the lawsuit that the articles about the Internal Army contained writings damaging to honor and dignity and to his reputation. I am also accused in disseminating unverified information. Although before publishing those articles, I contacted Internal Army press service to verify the information with the commander, but Zakir Hasanov has never reacted to it,” said Sardar Alibeyli adding that the lawsuit will be considered by Khatai District Court Judge Hikmat Huseynov and the preliminary hearing on this case will be held on 6 May at 4:00 p.m.
The Internal Army Press Service Head, Colonel Lieutenant Terane Mammadova confirmed the news and told IRFS that General-lieutenant Zakir Hasanov appealed to court because “Nota” newspaper editor-in-chief Sardar Alibeyli wrote slanderous articles about the leadership of the Internal Army in “Nota” newspaper.