ISSUE OF BLOGGERS FOCUS OF ATTENTION

April 15th, 2010
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Movlud Chavushoglu, who is visiting Azerbaijan, told journalists yesterday (14 April) that he discussed the issue of youth bloggers Emin Milli (Abdullayev) and Adnan Hajizade with government representatives. 

Germany's Bundestag Green Party Deputy Viola von Cramon visited youth blogger Emin Milli (Abdullayev) in prison #5 in Salyan region Kalaj village, according to Radio Liberty. German MP Viola von Cramon said that Emin Milli did not complain about prison conditions; he is in good spirits. Cramon noted that the prison is clean.
Yesterday lawyer Isakhan Ashurov visited Adnan Hajizade in prison #14, according to Yeni Musavat newspaper. Ashurov said that Adnan has not been moved to the dormitory yet because he is serving his quarantine term.
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.