Today, the Sumgait Appeals Court heard the appeal of “Guzgu” reporter Kamran Bayaliyev. He was appealing against the Gubadli District Court’s decision on the lawsuit filed against him by Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov.
The Gubadli Court had found him guilty of inflicting intentional minor bodily harm and hooliganism, reported Bayaliyev.
The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was not allowed to film the hearing.
After the hearing, Bayeliyev said that his lawyer had not been at the hearing because he had not received a notification letter. The Judge scheduled the next hearing for 10:30 a.m. on 17 June.
On September 11th 2009, a dispute broke out between “Guzgu” newspaper correspondent Kamran Beyeliyev, and Idris Zeynalov and Imran Novruzov, who were renting a café on Baku-Sumgayit highway. The cafe belonged 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.