Former political prisoner, youth blogger Emin Milli (Abdullayev) was stopped at customs in Heydar Aliyev Airport on June 10th, while trying to travel abroad, Milli reported to IRFS today.
“I was going to the UK for a month, because I was awarded the John Smith Fellowship. But I was not allowed to cross leave the country. I was told at customs that the Justice Ministry has instructed under the terms of my release, I cannot leave the country,” said Milli, said and added that his lawyers have started to take measures to overcome these conditions.
On 8 July 2009, Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizada were sitting at a table in “Lebonese” (Livan) restaurant along with several other young adults, when two bulky and athletic men came up to them and assaulted them. Milli and Hajizada were both physically injured in the attack. Although they appealed to the police as victims, the police detained Milli and Hajizade as suspects for 48 hours but freed the attackers. Charged with hooliganism, the bloggers were sentenced to 2.5 and 2 years in jail respectively. Hajizada was released under a November 18 2010 decision of the Appeals Court, and Milli was released on November 19 by Salyan District Court.