HEARING CONDUCTED AGAINST YOUNG BLOGGERS

November 6th, 2009
Today, 6 November,  in the Sabail District Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Araz Huseynov, a hearing was held on the criminal case opened under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism)  and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) against young bloggers Emin Abdullayev (Millli) and Adnan Hajizade.

Witness Shahzeynab Rustamova did not participate in the hearing again. The judge stated that her account, which she gave to the initial investigation would be heard, but lawyers Isakhan Ashurov and Elton Guliyev objected  and  demanded that the witness be brought to the hearing. Despite the objection, Shahzeynab Rustamova`s account, which was given to the preliminary investigation, was read.
Vusal Mammadov, the injured party responded to the lawyers` questions regarding contradicting events in his statement.  Vusal Mammadov responded to most of the questions with, “I don’t know, I don’t remember”.
After his testimony, an announcement was made that the court inquiries that were given to “Azercell” regarding telephone conversations and the location of the injured and prosecuted persons during the incident were responded to. Lawyer Isakhan Ashurov said that he wants to familiarize himself with the responses, but Vusal Mammadov objected to it.
After the deliberation, the judge adopted a decision to present telephone speeches belonging to Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli only to the lawyers.  
The next hearing on this case was scheduled for 11 November, at 3:00 p.m.  
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, the Sabail District Court 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. The 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 opened against E.Millli and A.Hajizade and the case was sent to court to be considered.