The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the appeal of the journalist Seymour Hazy on April 13. Hazy is expected to participate in the trial, which will be chaired by Ilham Jafarov.
In the appeal lawyer Adil Ismayilov asked to cancel the decisions of the lower courts.
The journalist denied the charge and described it as politically motivated. Local and international human rights organizations view Hazy as a political prisoner.
On August 29, 2014, Hazy was approached at a bus stop by Maharram Hasanov, who insulted ans assaulted Hazy. In self-defense, Hazy hit the attacker with a plastic bottle. The police arrived immediately and arrested Hazy.
Hazy is one of the leading columnists of the opposition newspaper Azadlig. He also works for a satellite and Internet television program “Azerbaijani hour,” sharply critical of the Azerbaijani authorities.