ALI HASANOV EXPRESSES OPINION ON YOUNG BLOGGERS’ ARREST

July 20th, 2009
Presidential Administration Socio-political Department Head Ali Hasanov expressed opinion about the detention of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, according to APA. 

“Unfortunately this kind of actions are politicized in Azerbaijan and then are used against Azerbaijan’s statehood,” said A.Hasanov. “To exaggerate the incidents this way and to politicize them without court decisions can be evaluated as pressure against court decisions by any means. Therefore, I do not want to make additional comments. Relevant organs have already expressed their opinions. The next organ to express position is the court. We need to wait for the decision of the court. Only then we can express opinions.”

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. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku.