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Imprisoned youth blogger Adnan Hajizade’s father Hikmat Hajizade and Emin (Abdullayev) Milli’s spouse Leyla Karimli appealed to US State Secretary Hillary Clinton.
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Adnan Hajizade’s father Hikmat Hajizade. In the appeal the relatives of the youth bloggers tried to draw attention to the trumped-up charges against the bloggers who were recognized as prisoners of conscience both locally and internationally.
“We wish you raise this issue during your visit to Azerbaijan and call for the release of the bloggers during your visit with Azerbaijan’s president,” read the statement.
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. 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 the Sabail district Court, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment on 11 November. On 10 March, the Baku Appellate Court adopted a decision to uphold the verdict of the Sabail District Court. Local and international organizations recognized the youth bloggers as prisoners of conscience.