SINGER SUES JOURNALIST CLAIMING HE WAS OFFENDED BY WORD “SPONSOR”

January 21st, 2009
Today, 21 January, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Fuad Talishinski, a preliminary hearing was held on the special lawsuit of singer Vasif Maharramli filed under article 147.1 (slander) of the Criminal Code against “ANS Press” correspondent Vugar Kamiloglu.

Plaintiff Vasif Maharramli and his lawyer Temur Baloglanov, and defendant Vugar Kamiloglu and his representative Tofig Hajiyev participated in the hearing. The plaintiff’s lawyer Temur Baloglanov said that on 1 December, during the recording of “El Ichinde” program “ANS Press” correspondent Vugar Kamiloglu addressed a slanderous question to singer Vasif Maharramli. “He addressed a question to Maharramli about Abel Maharramov’s brother being the sponsor of ‘Bakili giz’ clip. This is a slanderous question and therefore I am asking for this case to be accepted for consideration,” said Baloglanov.
Singer Vasif Maharramli said that the word “sponsor” has been denoting sexual minority recently and therefore he evaluated this expression as an insult.
Defense lawyer Tofig Hajiyev cited the law “On Advertisements” and said that “sponsor” is referred to person who is engaged in funding any project. “In this case this word cannot be accepted as offense,” he said. “That is why I ask the judge to reject this case before accepting for consideration.”
V.Kamiloglu said that he never intended to insult the singer during the recording.
In the end, Judge Talishinskiy demanded that the plaintiff present the video recording of the program to the court to consider the case on the essence and postponed the preliminary hearing until 30 January 5:00 p.m.
The judge did not permit the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety to take photos or to film although the hearing was held open.