September 23rd, 2009
Sevgilada Guliyeva, who slandered “Azadlig” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid (Zahidov) leading to his arrest, has been detained.   The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this G.Zahid’s lawyer Elchin Sadigov.

According to Sadigov, the employees of the Khatai District Police Department #37 detained Agdam region resident Sevgilada Guliyeva (born in 1975) on 20 September. She had heroin on when she was arrested. Besides, S.Guliyeva is accused of stealing gold and jewelry out of a citizen’s purse in one of the hospitals.   
IRFS attempted to contact the Khatai District Police Department and the Ministry of Interior. However, our calls went unanswered.
The Ministry of Interior Press Service Employee Ehsan Zahidov told Radio Liberty that a criminal case was opened against Guliyeva in the Khatai DPD.
The Yasamal District Court held Guliyeva’s witness account as evidence when arresting Ganimat Zahid. In the investigation materials regarding ganimat Zahid’s case and in court statements Sevgilade stated that in 2007, in front of “Azerbaijan” Editorial Office, Ganimat Zahid mocked (taunted) her. Then a dispute erupted between her acquaintance Vusal hasanov and Ganimat Zahid, and according to her claim, Ganimat beat Vusal Hasanov. However, both Ganimat and his defense lawyers insisted that this case was spurious, Guliyeva was under search warrant back then and she was used to arrest Ganimat. The court did not pay heeds to the motion of lawyers.
Media Rights Institute employee Elchin Sadigov told IRFS that Guliyeva’s arrest proves once again that Ganimat’s case was spurious. Therefore, the defense side will appeal to the Supreme Court and demand that the criminal case be reinvestigated.