PROSECUTOR ASKS FOR 3.5 YEARS CONDITIONAL IMPRISONMENT FOR MAHAL ISMAYILOGLU

June 19th, 2009
Today (19 June) in the Absheron District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Shemseddin Abbasov, a hearing took place on the case under article 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm), 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code against "Yeni Musavat" Newspaper columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of “Khalg” Newspaper Mahal Ismayiloglu.

Defendant M. Ismayiloglu, his lawyer Elchin Sadigov, alleged victim Najiba Safarova, and prosecutor Tofig Suleymanoglu participated in the hearing.   
Prosecutor T. Suleymanov demanded that Mahal Ismayiloglu be sentenced to conditional imprisonment for 3.5 years with a probation period under articles 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm), 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) of the Criminal Code.
M. Ismayiloglu and his defense lawyer Elchin Sadigov asked the judge to give them additional time for their final speeches.
 
The next hearing on this case is scheduled to take place on 30 June at 4 p.m.

On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu.  Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote.