APPEAL ADDRESSED TO MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA REGARDING YOUTH BLOGGERS

December 21st, 2009
Heads of Women Humanitarian and Human Rights Defense organizations appealed to Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s Head Mehriban Aliyeva to assist in the case of youth bloggers Emin Milli (Abdullayev) and Adnan Hajizade, according to “Turan” Information Agency.

It is said in the appeal that the case of youth bloggers had big impact in the world public opinion. A general opinion was formed that these young adults were arrested because of their public activity and their satiric video footage related to corrupted officials.

“We ask you to assist in fair investigation of the youth bloggers’ case,” the appeal reads. “Your interference and your support to release Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade will be highly assessed by the international community and will affect the country’s image positively.”

Tomorrow, 22 December, the appeal against the decision of the Sabail District Court regarding youth bloggers will be considered under the chairmanship of Judge Gail Mammadov in the Baku Appellate Court.

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.