MAHAL ISMAYILOGLU WILL GO TO POLICE DEPARTMENT TONIGHT

July 7th, 2008
Journalist Mahal Ismayiloglu was called to the Absheron Police Department today (7 June).

M.Ismayiloglu told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that he was asked to go to the police department tonight at 8 pm. “Yesterday investigator Adil Alasgarov called me and told me to go to the department. Today I will go there with my lawyer Elchin Sadigov,” he said.

M. Ismayiloglu was called to Absheron District Police Department on 27 June. In the department he was notified that his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior, filed a complaint about him. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. M. Ismayiloglu claims that this complaint stems directly from articles he has recently published in "Yeni Musavat" Newspaper.
Mahal Ismayiloglu worked as the editor-in-chief of "Khalg Gazeti" newspaper, one of the official newspapers of the Presidential Executive Administration, for years. He was dismissed in 2002, and since then has been writing articles critical of the government in the independent and opposition newspapers.