Representative of Azerbaijan Press Council Meets with Detained Editors
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / The representative of Azerbaijani Press Council, Ibrahim Mammadli, met with detained chief editor and an editor of the Mukhalifat newspaper, Rovshan Kabirli and Yashar Aghazadeh, the chairman of the Control and Inspection Commission and the Permanent Commission on Resolving of Problems between Government and Journalists at the Press Council, Ibrahim Mammadli, reported.
Mammadli got familiar with the living conditions of the journalists in Bail Investigation Cell 1. The journalists do not complain of the living conditions. They do not consider themselves guilty and have no intentions to apply for pardon, Mammadli added.
"Rovshan Kabirli and Yashar Aghazadeh noted that the issue they touched upon, which resulted in their detention, had been highlighted by media and even by a Turkish site. The journalists consider the decision of the Baku City Yasamal District Court to be unjust," Mammadli stated.
During the meeting between Mammadli and the head of Bail Investigation Cell, Misir Aliyev, the latter told that the detainees were not complaining of the living conditions.
An MP of Azerbaijani Parliament, Jalal Aliyev, initiated a lawsuit against Kabirli and Aghazadeh for an article published in the Mukhalifat. According to the MP, the article of 'A.M.A.Y. - Trademark of Aliyevs family' published on 24 February and 3 March insulted his honour and dignity. By the decision of the Yasamal District Court Kabirli and Aghazadeh were returned guilty in compliance with Articles 147.1 and 147.2 of the Criminal Code. They were sentenced to 2 year and 6 months of imprisonment.
The decision on the appeal of the journalists will be made on 9 July.