On the 23rd of September, in the Yasamal District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Khagani Mammadyarov, a hearing was held on the criminal lawsuit of former Goychay Regional Police Chief Vugar Mammadyarov, Goychay Regional Police Department Chief Inspector for Administrative Prosecutions Bakhtiyar Hashimov and Goychay Regional Police Department Investigation Department Chief Rufat Ibayev against Assistance to Defense of Democracy Public Union chairman and human rights defender Vidadi Isgenderov.
The special plaintiffs and representative Alirza Habilov didn’t attend the hearing. Therefore, the Judge took a recess for consultation.
The Judge announced that he dropped the case because of the unsanctioned absence of plaintiffs and their representative, and that they can appeal against the decision within the following 20 days.
Human rights defender Vidadi Isgandarov said that he will fight until the end and will file a lawsuit against the plaintiffs for damaging his health.
At the beginning of June, Vugar Mammadyarov was dismissed from his post at the Goychay Regional Police Department, and he then was appointed as the chairman of the State Road Police’s Shirvan City Registration Examination Department.
The plaintiffs believed Isgenderov insulted them in the article entitled “Police got a 3000 AZN bribe from me” that was published in Azadlig newspaper on 2 April. They filed special lawsuits against him under article 147.2 (slandering by accusing someone of grave or especially grave crimes) of the Criminal Code.