June 26th, 2008

Today, June 25, in the Yasmal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Tagiyev, the preparatory hearing was conducted on “Azadlig” Newspaper employee Agil Khalil’s lawsuit against investigator Ali Guliyev of the Chief Prosecutor’s Department for the Investigation of Grave Crimes, AZTV, Lider and Space TV.

During the hearing, A. Khalil’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov made two motions. In the first motion, Sadigov asked that the court acquire the footage shown on the TV channels about Khalil, and in the second motion requested the showing of this same footage be prohibited until the lawsuit on this matter is settled. 

“Space TV” representative Alirza Habilov said that her client is prepared to present the aforementioned footage. However “Lider” TV representative Elnur Hajizade said that “Lider” Channel destroys all material in its archives after a month, meaning the footage regarding Khalil not longer exists.

Representatives for AZTV and Ali Guliyev were not present at the hearing.

The judge did not approve either of the motions and scheduled the trial to start on 9 July at 4:30 p.m.