OMBUDSMAN VISITS EMIN MILLI AND ADNAN HAJIZADE

August 28th, 2009
Azerbaijan Republic Commissioner on Human Rights Elmira Suleymanova visited young bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade who are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku. According to Ombudsman Administration, the young bloggers told E.Suleymanova that they do not consider themselves guilty and that the investigation was concluded unfairly.

A.Hajizade and E.Milli did not complain about conditions in the Investigative Prison of Baku and attitude towards them; they said their lawyers visit them and they receive parcels from their families in accordance with the legislation.  

E.Suleymanova told them that she appealed to relevant organs to solve this issue through reconciliation and will follow their issue.
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. Investigation of the criminal case was concluded and sent to court on 27 august.