May 2nd, 2012
On May 1st Yasamal District Court held a hearing on the lawsuit by Azadlig newspaper correspondent Natig Gulahmadoglu (Adilov) against Lider TV and Afra Hotel.

Judge Anar Rzayev presided over the hearing. His lawyer Intigam Aliyev, head of the Legal Education Society, reported to the Institute for the Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about today.

According to Aliyev, the defendant did not attend the hearing. The plaintiff told the court that this constituted an unjustified delay to the hearing. After the plaintiff’s speech, the judge rejected Adilov’s lawsuit and required him to pay 150 AZN for forensic costs. Lawyer Intigam Aliyev said that they will appeal to the courts of upper instance against the decision.

A secretly recorded videotape of Gan Turali and Natig Adilov taken in a hotel room during a training course in Oguz was broadcast on Lider TV on April 2011. Natig Adilov appealed to Yasamal District Court with a lawsuit against Lider TV and Afra Hotel requesting financial compensation of 100,000 AZN, for the humiliation of his personal dignity, and interference in his private life and freedom of expression.