GERMAN DEPUTY ARRIVES IN BAKU TO VISIT YOUNG BLOGGERS

July 31st, 2009
German Bundestag Deputy Jorg Tauss is visiting Baku to meet with detained young bloggers Emin Milli and Adanan Hajizade. “Turan” Information Agency was told this by German Embassy to Azerbaijan. According to the information, a number of appeals from Germany and Europe have been made to Azerbaijan’s government recently to create conditions for this visit and to release the young bloggers. 

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.