HEARING ON ADNAN HAJIZADE`S APPEAL TO CONTINUE ON 21 OCTOBER

October 1st, 2010
Today, 1 October,  in the Baku Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Sahibkhan Mirzeyev, an appeal against the Garadag District Court’s decision not to grant blogger Adnan Hajizade`s early release was heard.

Hajizade, who had appealed to participate in the hearing, was brought to the court.

Hajizade told the Judge that the representatives of prison # 14 were not present in court and therefore requested that his case be postponed.  

The Judge honored Hajizade’s request and scheduled the next hearing for 24 October, at 3:00 p.m.
Adnan Hajizade had appealed to Garadag District Court for his early release and his lawsuit was rejected.
BACKGROUND
On 8 July 2009, 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 who looked like sportsmen approached and attacked them. Milli and Hajizade 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 and freed the attackers. On 10 July 2009, Sabail District Court judge Rauf Ahmadov issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code to sentence Milli and Hajizade to a two-month pre-trial detention. On 20 July 2009, the Appellate Court upheld the decision of the lower court. The investigation of the criminal case (special format lawsuit) ended, and a criminal case (special format lawsuit) under articles 221.2.1 (hooliganism) and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) was then opened against Millli and Hajizade.  This case was sent to the Sabail District Court for consideration. On 11 November 2009, the court sentenced Milli to 2,5 years and Hajizade to 2 years in prison. On 10 March 2010, the Baku Appellate Court upheld the verdict of the Sabail District Court. Local and international organizations recognize the youth bloggers as prisoners of conscience.