Jan 15, 2009
I'm not kidding. On December 13, Interior Minister of Azerbaijan Ramil Usubov filed a court suit against the director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy (IPD) and human rights activist, Dr. Leyla Yunus. Minister Usubov claims that Dr. Yunus damaged the Azerbaijani police’s reputation in an interview, which was posted on www.day.az on December 3, 2008. In his claim, the minister states, “This interview was published as a result of the abuse of the freedom of speech in the mass media and without any justification, where false and slanderous data discredited business reputation of the police guarded and protected by the law and caused a lot of harm.” He is demanding that Dr. Yunus publish a refutation, publicly apologize, and pay 100,000 manat (about $120,000) as compensation “for causing moral damage to the Interior Ministry.”
Not cool, Baku.