APPELLATE COURT RETURNS BLOGGERS’ APPEAL

August 12th, 2009
The Appellate Court has returned the appeal against the decision of the Sabail District Court which was adopted on the lawsuit of imprisoned bloggers, AN online TV Head Emin Milli’s lawyer Elton Guliyev and one of OL Youth Organization founders Adnan Hajizade’s lawyer Isakhan Ashurov against illegal actions of police.

Lawyer Isakhan Ashurov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that the appeal was returned because the filing term was violated; however, this was not the fault of bloggers or of their lawyers. To a question “what kind of steps will be taken from now on,” the lawyer said that the term to file the appeal will be restored by the judge and the appeal will be considered.
On 23 July Sabail District Court issued a verdict not to fulfill lawyers’ lawsuit in connection with rude behavior that Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade faced in the Sabail Police Department when they were detained on 8 July and violation of their rights.
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.