Yesterday, 6 May, in the Khatai District Court, “Azadlig Harakatchilari” Union Chairman Tahmasib Novruzov filed a special lawsuit (i.e. could lead to imprisonment) against “Nota” Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Sardar Alibeyli (Aliyev) under article 148 (insult), and against “Nota” Newspaper employees Ramiz Tagiyev and Faramaz Novruzoglu (Allahverdiyev) under article 147.2 (accusing someone of grave crimes or especially grave crimes).
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told by S. Alibeyli that the case will be considered by Judge Bahram Shukurov and the preliminary hearing on this case will be held on 12 May at 1:30.
This lawsuit stems from articles – “Whose orders is Tahmasib Novruzov fulfilling” (1-7 February, 2009, edition 04 (018), “Anti-Terror Center threatens our employees” (8-14 February, edition 05 (019), “Who is NSM’s person in APA”, “Bahlul Muradova raises one more criminal case” (22-28 February, 2009, edition 07 (021), “Let your mother die, hey Ramazan” (01-07 March, edition 08 (022), and “Who are forces that want the name of Sevil Nuriyeva to be mentioned in our newspaper” (08-14 March, 2009, edition 09 (023). These were all published in “Nota” Newspaper. It is demanded in the lawsuit that the “Nota” Newspaper be fined in the amount of 120,000 AZN, a refutation be published in the newspaper and that the journalists apologize.
The plaintiff appealed to the Khatai District Court with the same lawsuit, but on 27 April Judge I. Garalov did not accept the case for consideration, stating that the appeal was not composed correctly.