DATE FOR HEARING AGAINST YOUNG BLOGGERS IDENTIFIED

August 27th, 2009
Hearing on the case instituted against imprisoned bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade under articles 221 (hooliganism) and 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm) of the Criminal Code was scheduled for 4 September at 3:00 p.m.

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by A.Hajizade`s lawyer Isakhan Ashurov. According to I.Ashurov, Sabail District Court Judge Araz Huseynov will consider the lawsuit.
Youth Right Defense Committee Coordinator Erkin Gadirli told IRFS that a concert will be held in front of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in London on 2 September to support the young bloggers. Friends of Adnan and Emin will organize the concert. This action is intended to show support for the young bloggers and to protest against their illegal arrest.   
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