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Journalists Sabuhi Mammadli and Ervin Mirza face lawsuit filed by assistant police chief

(IRFS/IFEX) - Assistant Chief Mammadmusa Huseynov, of the Davachi Region police department, sued "Yeni Musavat" newspaper employees Sabuhi Mammadli and Ervin Mirza. Mammadli told the IRFS, "Mammadmusa Huseynov filed a special lawsuit against us in the Binagadi District Court under articles 147 (libel) and 148 (insult) of the Criminal Code."

Huseynov told IRFS via phone that the journalists intentionally accused him of committing grave crimes. "I filed a special lawsuit against Sabuhi Mammadli and Ervin Mirza for mentioning my name unlawfully in their investigation in the: 'Yeni Musavat' newspaper in connection with the fate of Naila and Reyhana Majidova, the sisters who disappeared in the Davachi Region's Dagbilici village, for insulting my dignity and honour and damaging my business image," said Huseynov.

Mammadli considers the lawsuit against him and his colleague unfounded. "We did not insult Mammadmusa Huseynov," he said. "I have been to Davachi several times after the mysterious disappearance of the Majidova sisters from the Davachi Region's Dagbilici to investigate the incident. I wrote all my articles based on what family members of the Majidova sisters and village residents said. Besides, during the trial for the Davachi Region Galagah village Ismayilov brothers, who were accused of kidnapping the Majidova sisters, Mammadmusa Huseynov's name was mentioned. During one of the hearings, Tavakkul Ismayilov, one of the accused brothers, said that he kidnapped the Majidova sisters at the order of Mammadmusa Huseynov."

Huseynov noted that he has appealed to the Ministry of Interior and Chief Prosecutor's Office in connection with the case.

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