On January 31th, the Sumgait Appeals Court heard “Guzgu” reporter Kamran Bayaliyev’s appeal against the Gubadli Regional Court’s ruling on the lawsuit filed against Bayaliyev by Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov. The Gubadli Court had found the journalist guilty under Articles 127 and 221.2.1 of the Criminal Code (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm and hooliganism).
Zeynalov and Novruzov both testified at the hearing, alleging that Bayaliyev had physically attacked them.
The Judge stated that the defendant will be heard at the next court session, which was set for 11 am on 7 February.
BACKGROUND: On September 11th, 2009, a dispute broke out between “Guzgu” newspaper correspondent Kamran Beyeliyev, and Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov, who rented a café on Baku-Sumgayit highway belonging to Sabir Gafarov. The conflict began with the demand that Beyeliyev stop publishing articles about the cafe. Zeynalov and Novruzov sued Bayaliyev, and the Gubadli Regional Court sentenced him to one year of corrective labor.
“Guzgu” is a pro-governmental newspaper, published since 22 July, 1992.