Azerbaijani Pro-Oppositional Newspaper Employees’ Appealed European Court of Human rights
Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 May / TrendNews corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / An appeal over the case of Rovshan Kabirli, chief editor of Mukhalifat newspaper, and Yashar Agazade, editor, has been submitted to the European Court of Human rights, the Institute of Media Rights reported.
Attorneys of the opposition newspaper consider wrong the verdict made against the journalists by the Azerbaijani courts on ground of the appeal made by MP Jalal Aliyev- uncle of Azerbaijani President.
In an article A.M.A.Y. - the trade brand of the Aliyevs family has been noted and Jalal Aliyev is stated as the patron of the trade centre. MP said that the expression used in the Article, which was taken from the Turkish By gun newspaper of 20 April 2006, "Jalal Aliyev, took the most profitable positions during Heydar Aliyev governing and took bribery" offended Aliyev's dignity and honor. Aliyev asked the court to sentenced Kabirli and Agazade on the Articles 147.1 and 147.2 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
The Attorneys asked European Court of Human rights to recognize violation of rights of aforesaid accused, as well as to pay compensation for moral damage.
Kabirli and Agazadeh were accused of deformation as per the lawsuit of MP Jalal Aliyev and were sentenced to two years and six months of imprisonment by the Yasamal District Court of Baku on 16 May. However, the journalists were released after serving 7 months and 14 days imprisonment, by the order of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration on 29 December 2007.
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