BUNDESTAG GERMANY NOT PERMITTED TO VISIT YOUNG BLOGGERS

September 2nd, 2009
Deputy of Bundestaq Germany Joerg Tauss has not been able to visit imprisoned young bloggers Emin Milli(Abdullayev) and Adnan Hajizade. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Youth Right Defense Committee Coordinator Erkin Gadirli.

E.Gadirli said that the deputy appealed to President Ilham Aliyev several times. However, he was not permitted to visit the young bloggers. Youth Right Defense Committee Coordinator Erkin Gadirli noted that lawyer Isakhan Ashurov visited Adnan Hajizade in the Investigative Prison of Baku yesterday, and young activist did not complain about his health and prison conditions.
To Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova’s comment saying that young bloggers are ready for reconciliation after she visited them, E.Gadirli emphasized that he does not believe that the bloggers came up with such suggestion.
Lawyer Elton Guliyev visited young blogger Emin Milli on 1 September. He told Radio Liberty that the young bloggers did not suggest reconciliation while talking to Elmira Suleymanova and that their opinions were distorted.
“Elmira Suleymanova asked the young bloggers, ‘Do you want settlement?’ The young bloggers said that their arrest is connected to their public activities and they are supporters of reconciliation in the society,” said Guliyev. Emin and Adnan said that if the opposite side offers reconciliation, this should be done unconditionally, and they should not be asked to change their minds.”
According to Radio Liberty, Azerbaijan Euro-integration National Public Committee disseminated a statement in connection with Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade. They want to express their concern at the eve of their trial and call on government to release them.
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 issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) and 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. 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 instituted against E.Millli and A.Hajizade and the case was sent to court to be considered.