Today, 25 December, a closed hearing on the lawsuit of Director of School #21 Farrukh Agasiyev and "Assistant Director of this school Zohra Yusubova against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper was held in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Mammadov.
The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety was informed this by “Gundalik Baki” Newspaper Assistant Editor-in- chief U.Jafarov.
Bakikhan Yusifov was the authorized representative of the plaintiff. "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper founder and Editor-in-chief Habil Valiyev and assistant Editor-in-Chief Uzeyir Jafarov and defendant’s representative Fariz Namazli participated in the hearing on behalf of the defense. During the hearing the judge offered both sides to make settlement.
“The plaintiff’s representative hesitated and said that he needs to consult this with the plaintiff. Therefore the judge scheduled the next hearing for 13 January 4:00 p.m. 2009,” said Uzeyir Jafarov.
This lawsuit stems from the article entitled "5th grader raped" which was published on 7 November 2008 in "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper.