June 8th, 2010
Today, 8 June, in the Nizami District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Jahangir Yusifov, a preliminary hearing was held on the civil format lawsuit of Jalal Aliyev against Yeni Musavat newspaper, the newspaper’s deputy editor-in-chief Azer Aykhan and author of the article Goshgar Bakili,. 

Plaintiff J.Aliyev’s lawyer Mezahir Sadigov, defense lawyer of Yeni Musavat newspaper and Azer Aykhan Vagif Huseyn participated in the hearing.

Judge J,Yusifov said that defendant Goshgar Bakili was also sent an invitation card but he did not participate in the hearing. V.Huseyn noted that G.Bakili is a freelance author.

The judge said that the lawsuit was taken for execution and scheduled the next hearing for 13 July, at 3.00 p.m.

The judge did not allow the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) Employees to take photos and film.

The lawsuit stems from article “The owner of the hotel that the President was dissatisfied with identified; ‘Baku hotel’s owner is J.Aliyev” published in Yeni Musavat newspaper on 5 January, this year.

In the recent past J.Aliyev filed a lawsuit in the special format under articles 147 (defamation) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code claiming that the information in this article was degrading to his honor and dignity and does not conform to reality. On 10 February 2010 Judge Ziya Aliyev adopted a decision to throw out the case claiming that the lawsuit was not prepared in accordance with the demands of the legislation. The plaintiff filed an appeal against this decision. However, he rescinded it on 4 May.     
MP Jalal Aliyev is the brother of late President Heydar Aliyev and the uncle of the incumbent President Ilham Aliyev.       
Yeni Musavat newspaper has been published since 1992 and operates as daily newspaper and has large circulation.