IMPRISONED YOUTH BLOGGERS MEET THEIR PARENTS IN PRISON

October 20th, 2010
Imprisoned youth blogger Adnan Hajizadeh’s parents met with him in prison #14 last week, the blogger’s father Hikmat Hajizadeh told IRFS on October 19th. H. Hajizadeh said that his son was satisfied with prison conditions and he had no health problem.

Natella Abdullayeva, the mother of jailed blogger Emin Milli, also met with her son in prison #5, IRFS reports.
Abdullayeva reported that her son was satisfied with prison conditions, but he had some problems in his health.
BACKGROUND
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 who looked like sportsmen came up to them, and attacked them causing physical injuries. Although they appealed to the police as victims, the police detained Adnan and Emin as suspected persons for 48 hours and freed the attackers. On 10 July, Sabail District Court Judge Rauf Ahmadov issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code to sentence Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade to a two-month 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 the court to be considered. According to the verdict of the 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. Local and international organizations recognized the youth bloggers as prisoners of conscience.