INJURED PARTY AND WITNESSES OF DEFENSE SIDE GIVE CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS DURING HEARING ON CASE AGAINST ADNAN HAJIZADE AND EMIN MILLI

September 18th, 2009
Today, 18 September, in the Sabail District Court, under the chairmanship of judge Araz Huseynov, a hearing was held on the criminal case opened under articles 221.2.1 (hooliganism) and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) against young bloggers Emin Abdullayev (Millli) and Adnan Hajizade. 

Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli thanked the judge for fulfilling their motion filed during last hearing to replace the chairs behind bars with soft ones and to keep their hands open.
Then Babek Huseynov and “Lebonese” restaurant director Ilkin Alizade as injured party, and witnesses of defense side – Ilkin Alizade’s father Rizvan Alizade, restaurant barman Gulshan and Dashgin Abbasov (he works at parking station in front of the restaurant) gave witness accounts and answered to the questions. Both the witness accounts and answers had a lot of contradictions. They told totally different things about the incident.

The judge scheduled the next hearing for 25 September at 3:00 p.m. as it was the end of the work day.

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, 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.