INVESTIGATION POSTPONED DUE TO JOURNALIST’S HEALTH PROBLEMS

February 18th, 2009
The investigation in connection with "Yeni Musavat" columnist Mahal Ismayiloglu has been temporarily postponed due to problems with the journalist’s health. The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety was told this by Ismayiloglu's defense lawyer Elchin Sadigov.

M. Ismayiloglu, who is receiving treatment at home at present, told IRFS that he needs to have a heart surgery, which will cost 7,000 AZN.
On 14 February, "Yeni Musavat" columnist Mahal Ismayiloglu was called to the Absheron District Police Department in connection with a case instituted against him eight months. Ismayiloglu was involved in the investigation as an accused person and a pre-trial order was issued forbidding Ismayiloglu from leaving the country. After M.Ismayiloglu became familiar with the investigation materials, he stated that the investigation is spurious. Then the journalist fell down as he attempted to get up and go home. An ambulance was called and Ismayiloglu was placed in the Central Medical Clinic. In the hospital, it was determined that the journalist suffered a heart attack.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to the Absheron District Police Department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M.Ismayiloglu.