HILLARY CLINTON SAYS SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPARTIAL HEARING FOR YOUNG BLOGGERS

October 1st, 2009
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the issues regarding the arrest and beating of young bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade during her meeting with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elmar Mammadyarov.  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State on European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon said in a press conference that important questions were raised regarding human rights and the situation of democracy in Azerbaijan during the meeting, according to Radio Liberty.

Hillary Clinton told Elmar Mammadyarov, “We would like to see an open and impartial trial for the arrested bloggers’ case.”
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.