On 2 March, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Mammadov, a preliminary hearing was held on the lawsuit of "Haji Mazan" LTD's founder Ramazan Zeynalov to defend his honor and dignity against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper.
R. Zeynalov noted in the lawsuit that articles "Narcotics Itinerary in the South" published in the newspaper on 14 January 2009 and "Narcotics Itinerary in the South – 2" published in the newspaper on 22 January, 2009 were damaging to his honor and dignity.
"Gundalik Baki" Newspaper's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Habil Valiyev said that in the articles in question there is nothing about R. Zeynalov but the name of "Haji Mazan" LTD is mentioned. Valiyev noted that there were cases in connection with these articles which are considered by the Yasamal District Court Judge Elchin Gurbanov and that he filed a motion to merge these cases. Judge Mammadov demanded that the motion be submitted in written form.
The next hearing is now scheduled to take place on 11 March at 10:00 a.m.