Today, 13 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 bloggers, and their lawyers Isakhan Ashurov and Elton Quliyev took part in the hearing. However, the injured party, their representatives and the witnesses – Sanani Mammadov and Shahzeyneb Rustamova who were scheduled to testify today, did not participate in the hearing. Therefore Judge A. Huseynov postponed the hearing until 27 October 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.