Today, 21 May, in the Absheron District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Shemseddin Abbasov, a hearing was held on the case under article 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm) 128 (intentional infliction of minor bodily harm) and 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) against "Yeni Musavat" Newspaper columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of “Khalg” Newspaper Mahal Ismayiloglu.
M. Ismayiloglu, Ismayiloglu’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov, plaintiff Nasiba Safarova, Safarova’s lawyer Novruz Aliyev, and State Prosecutor Tofig Suleymanoglu participated in the hearing.
Nasiba Safarova’s daughter Konul Suleymanova and M. Ismayiloglu’s spouse Safura Sadigova were interrogated as witnesses during the hearing.
Lawyer E.Sadigov put forth a motion to localize “Bakcell” phone calls of M. Ismayiloglu and his spouse from 22 June to 3 July 2008 and to bring the witnesses to court forcefully. S. Abbasov fulfilled both motions and scheduled the next hearing for 4 June at 4:00 p.m. because the work day was over.
On 27 June 2008, M. Ismayiloglu was called to a police department on the basis of a lawsuit filed against him by his neighbor Vahid Imanov, who works in the Ministry of Interior. In the complaint it is alleged that the journalist beat his neighbor's servant for dumping trash in his yard. Therefore a criminal case on Article 221.3 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism with use of a weapon or weapon-like item) was instituted against M. Ismayiloglu. Ismayiloglu claims that this incident never occurred and his neighbor is angry about articles that Ismayiloglu wrote.