Head of Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Sues to Azerbaijani Internal Ministry
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 July / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyaeva / Emin Huseynli, the Head of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) sued to the Azerbaijani Internal Ministry, Nasimi District Police Station and Nasimi District Police Department 22. According to the information released by the Media Right Institute, Huseynli considers illegal prevention of the meeting in the cafe Alaturka on 14 July, as well as his detention and physical pressure against him by policemen. Huseynli demands from defendants to pay AZN 150,000 compensation.
Huseynli underwent physical pressure by policemen of the Nasimi District Police Station 22 while dispersing the event called 'Che Guevara's fan club' planned to hold an action in Alaturk cafe dated to 80th anniversary of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Huseynli said that the policemen offended him in the cafe and Police Station 22. As a result of strong strikes to back of the head, Huseynli lost consciousness.
Huseynli was delivered to hospital through the help of human right activists and went medical examination for 20 days.
The lawsuit was submitted to the Nasimis District Court.
The Internal Ministry called groundless the accusations by Huseynli.
Ali Hasanov, the Head of the Public and Political Department under the Presidential Administration, said to journalists that the fact that Huseynli took part in most extreme events causes certain problems.
"Emin Huseynli attends in any rallies staged before the Presidential Administration. Is Huseynli a head of the public organization or a reporter? He does not define it even for himself. Such a case causes problems to him and peoples around him," Hasanov said.
The official representative of the Presidential Administration said that there was no bill to prohibit going to cafe. However, any meeting by missioner organizations in restaurants and cafes is prohibited.
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