PARENTS CANNOT VISIT YOUTH BLOGGERS

February 4th, 2010
The parents of youth bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade have appealed to Baku Appellate Court Judge Gail Mammadov to visit their sons, who are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku,. The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by A.Hajizade`s father Hikmat Hajizade, and Emin Milli`s mother Natella Abdullayeva.

According to N.Abdullayeva, she is able to see her son during breaks in the hearings, and therefore they appealed to the Judge.
H.Hajizade told IRFS that last week he addressed an appeal to the Judge to visit the youth bloggers in prison.
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.