Yesterday, on 19 August, lawyer Isakhan Ashurov visited Adnan Hajizade in the Investigative Prison of Baku. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by I.Ashurov.
According to Ashurov, A.Hajizade did not complain about prison conditions or the attitude of prison staff towards him. However, both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade refused to participate in the investigation because it is conducted unfairly.
I.Ashurov added that on 18 August an appeal was filed against the decision of the Sabail District Court that refused to consider the lawsuit in connection with the violation of A.Hajizade and Emin Milli’s presumption of innocence by the Internal Affairs Ministry and Chief Prosecutor’s Office.
Lawyer I.Ashurov told the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety that young bloggers’ parents are not allowed to visit them.
“Adnan Hajizade`s father Hikmet Hajizade filed an appeal in the Sabail District Court in connection with violation of right of respect to his personal and family life. The preliminary hearing on this appeal is now scheduled for 24 august at 10:30 a.m.”
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, 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 two months pre-trial detention. On July 20 the Appellate Court upheld the decision of the lower court. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku.