August 19th, 2009
Today, 19 August, in the Narimanov District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Arif Ismayilov, a hearing was held on the civil lawsuit of Human Rights Defender, Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Chairman Elchin Behbudov against “Milletim” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Faramaz Novruzoglu

A verdict was issued during the hearing. Plaintiff’s representative Samad Aliyev participated in the hearing, but nobody was present on behalf of the defendant.
Judge A.Ismayilov fulfilled the decision partially and issued a decision for defendant F.Novruzoglu to pay 1500 AZN in fines and to publish a refutation and apologize in “Milletim” newspaper’s next edition.
F.Novruzoglu told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that he will file appeal against this decision.
Elchin Behbudov filed a lawsuit in civil format against F.Novruzoglu due to series of articles about criminal cases in prisons and concealing of these cases by human rights defenders in “Milletim” newspaper and demanded that the editor-in-chief publish a refutation and pay 100 000 AZN in fines.