Yesterday, 31 May, lawyer Isakhan Ashurov visited imprisoned blogger Emin Milli (Abdullayev), who is being held in prison #5. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told by Ashurov that, two days ago, he visited imprisoned blogger Adnan Hajizade, who is being held in the prison #14 in Gizildash. According to Ashurov, both of the bloggers have no complaints about their health and prison conditions.
On 30 May, A.Hajizade was visited by his father Hikmet Hajizade. Hikmet Hajizade told IRFS that his son does not have any complaints about his health or prison conditions.
According to Azadlig newspaper, the Gerd Bucerius Prize for Press Freedom in Eastern Europe, with which youth bloggers E.Milli and A.Hajizade were awarded, will be presented to the families of youth bloggers.
On 19 May, in Hamburg City, a presentation ceremony was held for Gerd Bucerius Prize for Press Freedom in Eastern Europe. Independent Journalist Shahvalad Chobanoglu and ANTV Online won the prize for Azerbaijan. Two awards in the amount of 10 000 euros were presented to the winners.
Since 2000, the “Zite-Shtivtung” foundation has been presenting inspiring awards to journalists in Eastern European countries who are fighting for media, freedom of speech and liberal civil society. The Foundation has been presenting this award together with the “Free word” Foundation of Norway since 2004.
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. On 10 March, the Baku Appellate Court adopted a decision to uphold the verdict of the Sabail District Court.