November 12th, 2009
The president of football club “Khazar-Lenkeran” Mais Mansimov filed a motion under article 148 of the Crminal Code against the project head of website Zahir Azamat, the website’s editor-in-chief Ali Sahib and sport writer Natig Mukhtarli.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by the website’s editor-in-chief Ali Sahib.

The lawsuit stems from Ali Sahib’s articles “Once again about Mansimovs”, “Journalists were sentenced,” and Zahir Azamat’s article “Who does Mubariz Mansimov work for?” and Natig Mukhtarli’s article “Comedy court”. Mansimov claims that each of the three journalists insulted him in these articles and degraded his honor and dignity, and demands that they be sentenced.

Recently Mais Mansimov filed a lawsuit against Zahir Azamat and Natig Mukhtarli in the special format claiming that his honor and dignity were insulted in Natig Mukhtarli’s column on the “FANAT.AZ” sports website. On 7 October the Yasamal District Court issued a verdict to sentence Natig Mukhtarli to one year of corrective labor and Zahir Azamat was sentenced to six months of corrective labor. Both journalists have to pay 20% of their salaries to Mais Masimov.