CASE ON THE BEATING OF FOREIGN JOURNALISTS SENT TO COURT

October 6th, 2011
The criminal case launched on the beating of American citizen Amanda Erickson and British citizen Celia Davies in Baku has concluded, Yasamal District Police Office investigator Erol Aliyev told Radio Liberty

According to the investigator, the investigation of the case concluded on 22 August and the case was sent to Yasamal District Court.
Defendants Adil Tagizade, Roman Hasanov, Vusal Gurbanov, and Nazim Huseynov are charged under Article 221.2.1 (hooliganism committed by a group of persons) of Criminal Code.
BACKGROUND  
American journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist and IRFS representative Celia Davies were beaten by unidentified men on the night of 15 June.  The incident took place at about 00.20 am, June 16, near the house where Celia Davies and Amanda Erickson were living. Earlier, the girls had noticed four young men who looked like sportsmen watching them. These same four men held down the girls and beat them without explanation. As a result, both girls were seriously injured and Celia Davies’ arm was broken and required  medical treatment. Erickson and Davies worked with local NGOs and provided training for journalists and civil society activists. Erickson has also worked with the Washington Post and The New York Times.