HEARING HELD ON CASE AGAINST YOUNG BLOGGERS

October 27th, 2009
Today, 27 October, 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.

The employee of Police Department #9 Sanani Mammadov gave witness accounts in the hearing. Sanani Mammadov said that he was on duty when the incident happened and he witnessed that five people were brought to the Police Department.  

“Then they said that two of them felt bad and we called an ambulance,” said Mammadov. Lawyers Isakhan Ashurov and Elton Guliyev asked the witness a question. Showing the witness Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, they asked whether they were the ones who needed an emergency aid in the Department. Sanani Mammadov responded that he doesn’t know for whom the ambulance was called in the department. The witness added that Vusal Mammadov, who is known as the injured party, appealed to the Police Department regarding his beating.

Shahzeynab Rustamova was another witness, who was scheduled to give an account, but did not participate in the hearing due to health problems she had. The Judge postponed the hearing until 6 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.