February 10th, 2010
Today, 10 February, in the Nizami District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ziya Aliyev, a preliminary hearing was held on the special format lawsuit of Academic Jalal Aliyev against Yeni Musavat newspaper’s first deputy editor-in-chief Azer Aykhan and the newspaper’s reporter Goshgar Bakili. The plaintiff’s representative Mezahir Sadigov, defendant Azer Aykhan, and his representative Elchin Sadigov participated in the hearing.

Judge Z.Aliyev adopted a decision to throw out the case since the lawsuit was not prepared in accordance with the demands of the legislation.
J.Aliyev filed a lawsuit in the special format under articles 147 (defamation) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code claiming that the information in the article “The owner of the hotel about which the President was not happy identified; ‘Baku’ hotel’s owner is J.Aliyev” (January 5) are degrading to his honor and dignity and does not conform to reality.
MP Jalal Aliyev is the brother of late President Heydar Aliyev and the uncle of the incumbent President Ilham Aliyev.

Yeni Musavat newspaper has been published since 1993 and operates as daily newspaper and has large circulation.