Yasamal District Court under judge Elchin Gurbanov held the final hearing on the lawsuit brought by Baku Metro head Tagi Ahmadov against Azadlig newspaper.
In his lawsuit Ahmadov claimed that his honor and dignity had been insulted by the newspaper, and demanded compensation for psychological damage. Today Yasamal District Court ruled that the newspaper must publish a retraction and pay 30 000 manats to Tagi Ahmadov in compensation.
Media Rights Institute correspondent Fariz Namazov, the legal representative of Azadlig newspaper in the case, said that the decision is unfair and that they will appeal against this ruling.
Baku Metro head Tagi Ahmadov had appealed to Yasamal District Court against Azadlig newspaper, claiming that his dignity, honor, and business reputation were insulted in an article titled “Tagi Ahmadov appropriated 5 kopecks”, which noted that after the metro fares had been raised to 20 kopecks, it became impossible to use 5 kopecks previously loaded into metro cards. Ahmadov asked the court to require the newspaper to issue a retraction and to pay 200 000 AZN in compensation.