OMBUDSMAN ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEES VISIT EMIN MILLI AND ADNAN HAJIZADE

July 28th, 2009
Ombudsman Administration Employees have visited “Alumni Network” Youth Organization Coordinator, ANTV Online TV Leader Emin Milli and one of “OL” Youth Organization’s coordinators, well-known video-blogger Adnan Hajizade  in the Investigative Prison of Baku, according to a press release released by the Ombudsman Administration.

During the meeting Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade did not complain about prison conditions or the attitude of prison staff towards them. Although they are provided with food and medicine, Emin and Adnan emphasized that they consider the pre-trial decision against them unfounded. They asked the Ombudsman to create conditions for them to meet with their parents.
The representatives told the young bloggers that Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova has already appealed to the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Chief Prosecutor to oversee that the investigation into the case opened against them is conducted fairly.

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.