August 18th, 2009
“Yeni Musavat” newspaper column writer, “Khalg” newspaper’s former editor-in-chief Mahal Ismayiloglu’s appeal against the verdict of the Absheron District Court will be considered tomorrow in the Sumgayit City Appellate Court. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Media Rights Institute employee, lawyer Elchin Sadigov. The court accepted the appeal for consideration and it will be considered by Judge Huseyn Nabiyev on 19 August at 11:00 a.m.

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’s servant. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. On 1 July 2009 the journalist was found guilty under articles 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm), 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to conditional imprisonment for two years.
Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote, and the verdict against him is politically motivated.