M. Ismayiloglu and his defense lawyers stated in their final speeches that this criminal case is full of prejudice and defamation and the journalist was subjected to harassment due to his professional work. Emphasizing that the investigation into the case was not carried out fairly, the defense side asked the court to throw out the case, to open a criminal case against N.Safarova participating in the hearing as injured party, and to issue a decision for N.Safarova to pay compensation.
Judge S.Abbasov said that the verdict will be announced tomorrow, 1 July.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote.