POLICE ARREST TWO OF MEN WHO BEAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND BRITISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

June 27th, 2011
Two persons were arrested with regard to the assault of American journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist, IRFS representative Celia Davies by 4 men on the night of 15 June, Interior Ministry Press Service reported to the Media forum news website on June 26, 2011.

The information says that two of the offenders: Adil Tagizadeh, 18, resident of Ramana settlement, Baku, and Roman Hasanov, 28, were arrested as a result of the investigative operations implemented by Interior Ministry Head Criminal Search Department, Baku City Chief Police Office and Yasamal District Police Office officers. The search measures are continued to find the other two persons identified in investigation.
The criminal case is investigated at investigation department of Yasamal District Police Office under Article 221.2.1 (hooliganism committed by a group of persons) of Criminal Code. The hooliganism act committed by a group of persons is punished by corrective works for the term up to two years or imprisonment for the term up to five years.
BACKGROUND
American journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist, IRFS representative Celia Davies were beaten by unidentified men on the night of 15 June.  The incident took place at about 00.20 am, June 16, near the house where Celia Davies and Amanda Erickson live. Earlier, the girls had noticed four young men who looked like sportsmen watching them. These same four men held down the girls and beat them without explanation. As a result, the girls were seriously injured.  Celia Davies’ arm was broken and she needs medical treatment. Erickson and Davies worked with local NGOs and provided training for journalists and civil society activists. Erickson has also worked with the Washington Post and The New York Times.