WITNESSES INTEROGATED DURING HEARING ON EMIN HUSEYNOV’S CASE

April 10th, 2009
Today, 10 April, in the Nasimi District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ikram Shirinov, a court hearing was held on the lawsuit of Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Chairman Emin Huseynov against the Ministry of Interior, Nasimi District Police Department and Police Unit 22 of the Nasimi District Police Department. The lawsuit stems from police pressure that Huseynov was subjected to in June 2008.

The witnesses introduced by the plaintiff were interrogated during today’s hearing. IRFS employees Mirrahim Hasanov, Rasim Aliyev and “Dalga” Youth Movement member Ramin Hajili gave accounts of the incident, and they stated that E. Huseynov was in fact subjected to police pressure and was placed at hospital as a result of the pressure.
Then I. Shirinov announced a break and scheduled the next hearing for 22 April at 3:00 p.m.
On 14 June, a group of fans of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevera was trying to conduct an event in "Alaturka" Restaurant when the employees of law enforcement organs interfered. IRFS Chairman Emin Huseynov, who was there observing and filming the event, was beaten by police in the Police Department 22. Emin Huseynov lost his consciousness due to police pressure and received treatment for more than twenty days in the hospital and is still receiving treatment.