APPEAL MADE IN CONNECTION WITH RELEASE OF YOUNG BLOGGERS

August 17th, 2009
The Defense Committee for Rights of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade has addressed an appeal to the US Congress, Britain’s Parliament and European Union countries to support the arrested young bloggers, according to “Turan” Information Agency.

It is noted in the appeal that E.Milli and A.Hajizade were arrested on spurious hooliganism charges and their arrest is related to their opinions about corruption in the country posted on the internet. Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade used to co-operate with several international organizations, it is said in the appeal. And the leaders of international democratic community are asked to assist the young bloggers.
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.