HEARING HELD ON APPEAL OF YOUTH BLOGGERS

December 22nd, 2009
Today, 22 December, in the Baku Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Gail Mammadov, a hearing was held on the appeal of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade’s lawyers Isakhan Ashurov and Elton Guliyev against the decision of the Sabail District Court adopted on 11 November 2009.   

Lawyer I.Ashurov put forth a motion to change the pre-trial detention adopted against the bloggers. Prosecutor Binnat Hasanov stated that there were no grounds to alter the decision of pre-trial detention and demanded that the motion not be fulfilled.  

The judge issued a decision not to fulfill the motion and scheduled the next hearing for 8 January 2010 at 11:00 a.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 had been sent to court to be considered. According to the verdict of Sabail district Court, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment on 11 November.