Today, June 22, in the Lankeran City Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Azer Samadov, a hearing was held on student/journalist Parviz Azimov’s lawsuit for wrongful expulsion from Lankeran State University (LSU).
Parviz Azimov, his representative Yashar Aghazade, and defense representative LSU Economic Works Deputy Rector Ruslan Hamidov participated in the hearing.
During today’s hearing, LSU professor Rashid Mammadov testified. He said that he remembered Azimov as a well-behaved and exemplary student.
Hamidov once again told the court that Azimov was involved in a conflict with another student, violating internal discipline rules of the university, and this is the reason he was expelled.
Judge Sadamov scheduled the next hearing on this case for tomorrow, June 23, at 11:30 a.m. During tomorrow’s hearing, LSU guard Aghali Kelbiyev, who had a conflict with Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety employee Rasim Aliyev and Azimov today is scheduled to testify for the defense.
LSU claims that Parviz Azimov violated internal discipline rules to expel him (allegedly beat a fellow student); however Azimov says that he was expelled because of his article “Open Bazaar in Closed Rooms,” which was published in “Janub Khabarlari” Newspaper on 10 February 2009. Azimov was in his senior year at LSU when he was expelled this February.