Last week, blogger Adnan Hajizade, who is being held in the prison #14, was visited by his mother Bahar Hajizade. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by A.Hajizade’s father Hikmet Hajizade. He said that A.Hajizade did not have any complaints about his health or prison conditions.
Emin Milli’s (Abdullayev) mother Natella Abdullayeva told IRFS that she was not able to visit his son because of the problems in her husband Pasha Abdullayev’s health.
“His father is in the hospital. Therefore I could not visit Emin,” said N.Abdullayeva who noted that she will visit her son soon.
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 adults, when two people that looked like sportsmen came up to them, and attacked them causing physical injuries. Although they appealed to police as victims, police detained Adnan and Emin as suspected persons for 48 hours and freed the attackers. On 10 July, the Sabail District Court issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code to sentence Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade to two months 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 had been sent to court to be considered. According to the verdict of 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.