April 15th, 2009
The Lawyers Collegium is demanding the institution of a 200,000 AZN fine against “Legal Education Society” Founder, “Huquq” Newspaper Chief Editor Intigam Aliyev and the confiscation of Aliyev’s property, because Aliyev filed a lawsuit against the collegium and wrote critical articles about it.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by I. Aliyev.
Aliyev said that after changes were made on 3 June 2005 to the law on “Lawyers and Lawyers Activities” and membership in the collegium started to be granted to tests given by licensed legal specialists, he began to attempt to formalize his membership in the collegium.
However, the Lawyers Collegium Presidium refused to recognize this rights of I. Aliyev in a meeting held on 19 November 2005. As a result, Aliyev filed a lawsuit against the collegium in December of 2005. According to a 19 December 2005 decision of the court, the lawsuit was returned back stating because the court was not supposed to consider such cases.
On 23 August 2008, I. Aliyev appealed to Court Rights Board and other authorized organs stating that not considering his case was illegal.  After this appeal, a hearing was held in the Nasimi District Court on Aliyev’s case and a trial on this matter was scheduled to take place on 6 November 2008. However, the hearing was not held.
On 9 March 2007, the collegium filed a lawsuit against I. Aliyev accusing him of publishing unfounded information about the collegium. In the lawsuit, the collegium has demanded that Aliyev’s property be confiscated and his bank account be frozen.
In the Plenum of the Supreme Court, to be held on 17 April at 3 p.m., the cassation complaint against the Supreme Court’s 23 December 2007 decision about the confiscation of Aliyev’s property and the freezing of his assets will be reviewed.