Today, 19 April, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ragib Gurbanov, the preliminary hearing continued on the special format lawsuit of former Prosecutor-general Iktiyar Shirinov against Khural Newspaper Editor-in-chief Avaz Zeynalli, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the Newspaper Malahat Zeynalli, and former Defense Minister Rahim Gaziyev.
Plaintiff Ikhtiyar Shirin, defendants Rahim Gaziyev, Avaz Zeynalli and his lawyer Elchin Sadigov participated in the hearing.
Defendant Rahim Gaziyev said that he did not receive the lawsuit and filed a motion to obtain more time to become familiar with the lawsuit.
The judge fulfilled the motion and scheduled the preliminary hearing for 27 April, at 4.00 p.m.
The parties did not object to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety’s request (IRFS) to film and take photos; however the judge did not allow video recording.
The lawsuit stems from Rahim Gaziyev`s interview that was published in Khural newspaper on 10-16 January. In the interview R.Gaziyev expressed his opinion regarding Ikhtiyar Shirin`s statements in the press. For this reason, I.Shirin appealed to court in the special format lawsuit and demanded that a criminal case be opened against the defendants under article 147 (defamation) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code.