Today, 22 April, in the Nasimi District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ikram Shirinov, a court hearing was held on the lawsuit of Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Chairman Emin Huseynov against the Ministry of Interior, Nasimi District Police Department and Police Unit 22 of the Nasimi District Police Department. The lawsuit stems from police pressure that Huseynov was subjected to in June 2008.
Emin Huseynov, his authoritative representative, Media Rights Institute Lawyer Elchin Sadigov, and lawyer of Nasimi District Police Department’s Police Unit #22 Mezahir Shahbarov took part in the hearing. No representative on behalf of the Ministry of Interior participated in the hearing.
Two more witnesses introduced by the plaintiff – “Turan” Information Agency’s Director Mehman Aliyev and IRFS employee Idrak Abbasov – were interrogated in connection with the incident during today’s hearing. They stated that on 14 June 2008 Emin Huseynov was subjected to police pressure and was placed in hospital as a result.
Judge I. Shirinov said that defendant’s witnesses will be interrogated during the next hearing and scheduled the next hearing for tomorrow, 23 April at 3:30 p.m.
On 14 June, a group of fans of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevera was trying to conduct an event in "Alaturka" Restaurant when the employees of law enforcement organs interfered. IRFS Chairman Emin Huseynov, who was there observing and filming the event, was beaten by police in the Police Department 22. Emin Huseynov lost his consciousness due to police pressure and received treatment for more than twenty days in the hospital and is still receiving treatment.