Jan 15, 2009

Interior Minister of Azerbaijan Sues Activist for Abusing Her Freedom of Speech


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.

8 comments:

L. Julius Maximus said...

Why are you so biased against Azerbaijan? You should report good news too (also here) ;-)(R)

Ern said...

Fair enough, sir. And certainly, it is generally a problem that often I only hear about bad things going on in the Caucasus.

However, to be fair, I'm also clearly biased against Turkey, Armenia, and Russia in this one.

Ern said...

Correction: I am biased against those countries in a post I also included today: Controvery in the Caucasus.

L. Julius Maximus said...

The only country that your are not biased against is the Ukraine, I guess :D

Ern said...

Not true. Those dead-beats need to pay their bills.

Mrta said...

On the plus side, people suing each other is better for rule of law. At least the dissident didn't "disappear," like he would in Belarus...

L. Julius Maximus said...

I cited you, wouldn't you mind?

Ern said...

Not at all.