LAWYER OBJECTS TO BOARD OF JUDGES CONSIDERING APPEAL OF YOUTH BLOGGERS

February 17th, 2010
Today, 17 February, in the Baku Appellate Court, under the chairmanship of Judge Gail Mammadov, a hearing was scheduled to take place on the appeal of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade’s lawyers Isakhan Ashurov and Elton Guliyev against the decision of the Sabail District Court adopted on 11 November 2009. However, the hearing was postponed again because Adnan Hajizade`s lawyer Isakhan Ashurov objected to court board for the trial and filed a motion to change the content.

Lawyer said that the same court board demonstrated partiality during the consideration of the lawsuit regarding inhumane treatment against bloggers and did not fulfill the appeal.
After returning from deliberation, the judge said that according to the legislation, this motion should be considered by the Appellate Court Chairman.
The judge scheduled the next hearing on this case for 3 March at 3:00 p.m.
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.