APPEAL ADDRESSED TO PRESIDENT FOR RELEASE EMIN MILLI AND ADNAN HAJIZADE

February 17th, 2010
Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Chairman Elchin Behbudov appealed to Azerbaijan Republic President Ilham Aliyev again to release youth bloggers – Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.

According to Radio Liberty, human rights defender Elchin Behbudov said that last year he addressed an appeal to the President regarding this issue. However, he decided to appeal to the President again because no result was yielded.
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.