WITNESSES INTERROGATED DURING HEARING ON EMIN HUSEYNOV’S LAWSUIT

May 13th, 2009
Today, 13 May, in the Nasimi District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Ikram Shirinov, a court hearing was held for 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.  

Plaintiff Emin Huseynov’s lawyer, Media Rights Institute employee Elchin Sadigov and Nasimi DPD Police Unit #22 lawyer Mazahir Shabarov participated in the hearing. No representative on behalf of the Ministry of Interior was present.     
Witnesses introduced by the defense – Deputy Chief of the Nasimi DPD Police Unit #22 Azer Kerimov, Police Unit #22 area attorney Ageddin Mammadov and Police Unit #22 area attorney Zamir Kazimov gave witness accounts during the hearing. There were contradictions in their statements.
The next hearing is scheduled to take place on 21 May at 11:00 a.m.
On 14 June 2008, 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.