Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade were beaten up and received injuries after they were dragged into a provocation on 8 July. Although Adnan and Emin appealed to the police as victims, they were detained as suspected persons. The investigation of the criminal case opened under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code was conducted with serious law violations and they were accused under a different article (127-inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) once the proceedings of their case had already begun. According to these charges, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment.
IRFS states that the failure to fulfill this motion indicates that the bailing system does not work in Azerbaijan, and is not applied to prisoners whose arrest is politically motivated.
IRFS declares that these bloggers who were recognized as prisoners of conscience by local and international communities are the victims of freedom of expression and therefore should be immediately released.
IRFS calls on the Baku Appellate Court to issue a fair decision and to free the youth bloggers.