MEMBERS OF FAMILY WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT YOUNG BLOGGERS

November 24th, 2009
Imprisoned youth bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (Abdullayev) will be able to meet with members of their families for the first time since they were imprisoned.

The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by Adnan Hajizade`s father Hikmat Hajizade.

Hikmat Hajizade said that Adnan Hajizade’s parents will be able to visit their son on 25 November, and Emin Milli’s parents will be able to visit their son on 26 November based on the decision of Sabail District Court Judge Araz Huseynov.

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. 11 November, the investigation opened criminal case under article 221.2.1(hooliganism) and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) against young bloggers Emin Abdullayev (Millli) and Adnan Hajizade a verdict was issued. According to the verdict, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment.