May 5th, 2010
Today, 4 May, preliminary hearings were held regarding two special format lawsuits filed against Assistance to the Defense of Democracy Public Union Chairman and human rights defender Vidadi Isgenderov. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by V.Isgenderov himself.

During the preliminary hearing held in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Abbas Rzayev, on the lawsuit of Goychay region Police department Chief Vugar Memmedyarov, V.Isgenderov filed a motion to accept the lawsuit for consideration. The judge fulfilled the motion and scheduled the next hearing for 11 May, at 11.45 a.m.

The preliminary hearing regarding the special format lawsuit of Goychay Region Police Department Investigation Department Chief Rufat Ibayev was held in the same court under the chairmanship of Judge Elchin Gurbanov.

The plaintiffs considered that V.Isgenderov slandered the plaintiffs in the article entitled “Police got a 3000 AZN bribe from me” published on 2 April in Azadlig newspaper and filed special format lawsuits under article 147.2 (accusing someone in grave or especially grave crimes) of the Criminal Code against.