LAWYER ISAKHAN ASHUROV VISITS IMPRISONED BLOGGERS

April 5th, 2010
On 3 April, lawyer Isakhan Ashurov visited imprisoned youth bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (Abdullayev). The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by I.Ashurov today, 5 April.

According to the lawyer, youth bloggers did not have any complaints about their health or prison conditions. Ashurov noted that a cassation complaint is being prepared to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Appellate Court that was issued on 10 March, 2010.
In addition, in its resolution regarding Azerbaijan, the European Green Party touched upon the imprisonment of youth bloggers Adnan Hajizade ans Emin Milli (Abdullayev), according to Radio Liberty.
“Human rights violations, especially against opposition, independent media and youth organizations, exist in Azerbaijan,” read the resolution.
The resolution recalled that the imprisonment of youth bloggers under hooliganism charges took place right after they prepared a video material that blamed the administration in corruption and called on Azerbaijani government to release Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli.
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.