KHURAL NEWSPAPER’S APPEAL TO SUSPEND SENTANCE REFUSED

October 18th, 2011
On 18 October, Narimanov District Court heard Khural newspaper’s appeal to suspend the enforcement of the Baku Appeals Court’s June 18th ruling.

Lawyer Elchin Sadigov told IRFS that the appeal was not fulfilled and that they will be taking the case to the Appeals Court.
BACKGROUND
Vugar Safarli claimed that his honor and dignity were offended by the expression ‘press butcher’  used in the article 'Ilham Aliyev is not the president of Khural newspaper'. The article was published in Khural’s 25-31 July issue and written by Avaz Zeynalli.  Safarli filed a lawsuit demanding a refutation be published in the newspaper and 10,000 AZN in compensation.
On 12 October, 2010, Narimanov District Court partially fulfilled the lawsuit, issuing a decision that Avaz Zeynalli should pay a 500 AZN fine. After complaints from both sides, the Baku Appeals court increased the 500 AZN fine to 5000 AZN and both the Baku Appeals Court and, on February 7th, 2011, the Supreme Court, upheld the 2nd decision to fine Avaz Zeynalli 5000 AZN. Recently, the Narimanov District Executive Department notified the Khural newspaper editorial office that unless the court decision was executed within 10 days, a compulsory rule will be carried out. For this reason, Avaz Zeynalli appealed to court to stop enforcement of the ruling.
Khural newspaper was published weekly from October 2002 to September 2011 when the newspaper started publishing daily.