HEARING ON YOUTH BLOGGERS` APPEAL TO BE CONTINUED ON 22 JANUARY

January 8th, 2010
Today, 8 January, 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.  

Injured Babek Huseynov and Vusal Mammadov did not participate in the hearing. The judge said that although an invitation was sent to them to participate in the hearing, it was noted in the responses that the addresses were wrong. Youth bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli filed a motion to send an invitation to Vusal Mammadov and Babek Huseynov again and to find out whether they will participate in the hearing. The judge fulfilled the motion and scheduled the next hearing on this case for 22 January at 11:00 a.m.
Yesterday Amnesty International organization, which recognized the bloggers as prisoners of conscience, addressed an appeal to Azerbaijani government demanding for a fair trial against Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.
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.