ADNAN HAJIZADE’S REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN NEXT HEARING FULFILLED

September 17th, 2010
Today, 17 September, in the Baku Court of Appeals, under the chairmanship of Judge Sahibkhan Mirzeyev, imprisoned blogger Adnan Hajizade`s appeal against the decision issued by Garadag District Court on 26 July on early release was heard.

The Judge said that Adnan Hajizade wrote a statement requesting to participate in the hearing.
The State Plaintiff did not object to Adnan Hajizade’s participation in the court hearing. Adnan Hajizade`s lawyer, Isakhan Ashurov, said that it is necessary to bring Adnan Hajizade to court and requested the Judge to transfer Adnan Hajizade to Baku Investigative Prison temporarily.
The judge announced the decision to ensure Adnan  Hajizade`s participation in the hearing and to transfer him to  Baku Investigative Prison temporarily.
The hearing was scheduled for 1 October at 3:00 p.m.
Adnan Hajizade had appealed to Garadag District Court for his early release and his lawsuit was not fulfilled.
BACKGROUND
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 who 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 the 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 recognized the youth bloggers as prisoners of conscience.