June 29th, 2010

On 26 June, imprisoned youth blogger Adnan Hajizade, who is being held in prison #14, was visited  by his father Hikmat Hajizade. The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by Hikmat Hajizade. According to Hikmat Hajizade, Adnan Hajizade did not complain about prison conditions or his health.

On 8 July, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade were sitting at a table in “Lebonese”  (Livan) restaurant along with several other young adultswhen two people that looked like sportsmen came up to them and attacked them causing physical injuries. Although they appealed to the police as victims, the police detained Adnan and Emin as suspected persons for 48 hours and freed the attackers.


On 10 July, Sabail District Court Judge Rauf Ahmadov issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code to sentence Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade to a two-month pre-trial detention. On July 20, the Appellate Court upheld the decision of the lower court.


The investigation of the criminal case was concluded, and a criminal case under articles 221.2.1 (hooliganism) and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) was opened against E.Millli and A.Hajizade and the case was sent to court to be considered. According to the verdict of the Sabail district Court, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment on 11 November. On 10 March, the Baku Appellate Court adopted a decision to uphold the verdict of the Sabail District Court. Local and international organizations recognize the youth bloggers as prisoners of conscience.