PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION ON CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST YOUNG BLOGGERS CONCLUDED

August 24th, 2009
The preliminary investigation into the criminal case against “Alumni Network” Youth Organization Representative Emin Milli (Abdullayev) and one of “OL” Youth Organization Coordinators, well-known vide-oblogger Adnan Hajizade has been concluded and sent to the Sabail District Court to be considered. Lawyer Isakhan Ashurov reported this during a press conference that was held in Azerbaijan Media Center today, 24 August.

According to Ashurov, although the young bloggers were convicted under article 221 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code, during the investigation into the case, they were also charged under article 127 (intentional infliction of minor severe bodily harm) of the Criminal Code.
“Although Elton Guliyev and I have been young bloggers’ lawyers from the beginning, we found out during the conclusion of the investigation that I can work as Adnan Hajizade`s lawyer and Elton Guliyev can work as Emin Milli`s lawyer only,” said Ashurov emphasizing that he did not want to give additional information about it although a lot of law violations were observed during the investigation. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade refused to make statements because the investigation was conducted spuriously and unfairly.  You will be familiar with other issues during court investigation.”
Adnan Hajizade`s father Hikmat Hajizade spoke and said that he does not hope that court will issue a fair decision regarding this case which was observed with illegality from the beginning.
“We will achieve a fair decision in the European Court of Human Rights,” said H.Hajizade.
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. The investigation was concluded on 22 August.
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