December 15th, 2008
Today, 15 December, in the Yasamal District Court, under the Chairmanship of Judge Svetlana Ahmadova, a preliminary hearing was held on the lawsuit of Azerbaijan Beynalxalg University Rector Elshad Abdullayev against "Gundalik Baki" Newspaper, Newspaper founder and Editor-in-chief Habil Valiyev and assistant Editor-in-Chief Uzeyir Jafarov and newspaper employee Ilkin Huseynli.

The lawsuit was filed under articles 147 and 148 of the Criminal Code in the form of special accusation. U.Jafarov told this to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.

“Azerbaijan Beynalxalg University Rector Elshad Abdullayev was the special accuser. However, the plaintiff did not show up in the preliminary hearing. We demanded that the special lawsuit be rejected,” said Jafarov adding that the judge rejected the lawsuit.

The lawsuit stems from articles titled “Where is Elkshad Abdullayev” “Elshad Abdullayev arrested his own nephew” that were published in “Gundalik Baki” newspaper’s edition 194 and edition 218.

ABU Rector Elshad Abdullayev demanded that Habil Baliyev, Uzeyir Jafarov and Ilkin Hasanli be found guilty under articles 147 and 148 of the Criminal Code and they be arrested, and each of the accused party pay 30,000 AZN in fines for moral damages, and the money be transferred to his own account.