LAWSUIT OF YOUNG BLOGGERS AGAINST POLICE NOT FULFILLED

July 23rd, 2009
Today, 23 July, in the Sabail District Court, under the chairmanship of Famil Nasibov, a hearing was held on the lawsuit of Emin Milli’s lawyer EltonGuliyev and Adnan Hajizade’s lawyer Isakhan Ashurov against police. The hearing was held closed; therefore media and diplomatic corps representatives, and other monitors were not allowed in the court hall.

Both lawyers told the media representatives that the lawsuit was not fulfilled. 
“To hold the hearing closed and announcre the verdict during a closed hearing is against the law,” said the lawyers. “Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade were not brought to the hearing and this is also a law violation.”

An appeal will be filed against the decision, according to the lawyers.

Lawyers of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade appealed to the Sabail District court due to police pressure and failure to provide them with a lawyer while they were held at the Sabail District Police Department on 8 July.     
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 Judge Rauf Ahmadov 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. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku.