Today, Nasimi District Court held a preliminary hearing on the criminal lawsuit filed by Turkish businessman Mustafa Tayat against the Polit-Press newspaper editor-in-chief Adalat Nabibbayli.
The plaintiff’s lawyer Vusal Dadashov, defendant Adalat Nabibbayli and media representatives were in attendance.
Defendant Nabibbayli requested time from the court to be provided with a lawyer.
The Judge Etibar Humbatov rescheduled the hearing for 7 July.
Altthough Objective TV reporters earlier appealed to the Judge for permission to film the hearing, Humbatov refused permission without any good reason.
Turkish businessman Mustafa Tayat’s lawsuit stemmed from the 18 June article of Poilt-Press newspaper titled “Which Minister in Baku supports Mustafa Tayat?”. Citing humiliation of honor and dignity Tayat sued Nabibbayli under Articles 147 (libel) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.