Today in Yasamal District Court a preliminary court hearing was conducted on special accusation and civil lawsuit put forth by “Elchi” Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ali Haziguliyev against former “24 Saat” Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Fikret Faramezoglu.
The hearing was conducted by judges Sudaba Mammadova (special accusation lawsuit) and Khagani Tagiyev (civil lawsuit). The rights and duties of both sides were explained, and the cases were considered. The next hearings on these two separate lawsuits are both scheduled to take place on 29 April.
Recall that “Elchi” Newspaper Chief Editor Ali Haziguliyev filed two lawsuits against former “24 Saat” Newspaper Chief Editor Fikret Faramezoglu. The lawsuits stem from the article “Honor Lesson for Dishonorable” that was run in “24 Saat” Newspaper on 4 February. Faramezoglu is accused under articles 147 and 148 of Criminal Code and his arrest is requested one of the lawsuits. In the other lawsuit the plaintiff is seeking the institution of a 100,000 AZN fine against Faramazoglu.
Faramazoglu told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that he wrote the article in response to the article “Who Spins the hand of ‘24 Saat?,’ which was published in “Elchi” Newspaper on 3 February 2008.