JOURNALIST’S LAWSUIT AGAINST POLICE NOT FULFILLED
Yesterday (June 12) in the Sabayil District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Famil Nasibov, a hearing was conducted on “Yukselish Namina” Newspaper employee Elchin Hasanov’s lawsuit against employees of Sabayil District Police Department #9.
Hasanov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that his lawsuit was fulfilled.
Recall that on 14 December 2007 Hasanov reported being harassed by police while covering picket a about the unjust imprisonment of "Azadlig" Newspaper Editor-in-Chief G. Zahid and pressure against the expression of freedom in Azerbaijan. According to Hasanov he was brought to Sabail District Police Department #9, where he was allegedly beat and insulted.
This lawsuit stems from 23 November 2006, when Hasanov was arrested and imprisoned for 10 days while he was covering as a journalist a picket against the eviction of “Azadlig” Newspaper, Azerbaijan’s Popular Front Party, “Turan” News Agency, IRFS, and so on from their offices at 33 Khagani Street.
In January 2007 Hasanov a filed a claim in the Sabayil District Court demanding the institution of a criminal case against Police Department Chief Hasan Abdullayev and other employees of the same department. The claim was not considered for a long period of time and then discarded. Only after Hasanov appealed to Court Rights Council, was the claim accepted for consideration.
IRFS CHAIRMAN EMIN HUSEYNOV DETAINED FOR OVER TWO HOURS
JUDGE ORDERS OBSERVER TO “NEVER COME BACK”