REPRESENTATIVES FROM OMBUDSMAN ADMINISTRATION VISIT IMPRISONED BLOGGERS

October 30th, 2009
Today, 30 October, representatives from the Ombudsman Administration visited imprisoned bloggers Emin Milli (Abdullayev) and Adnan Hajizade in the Investigative Prison of Baku.

According to the Ombudsman Administration website (ombudsman.gov.az), the bloggers don’t have any complaints about prison conditions, although they did protest that the hearing on their case has been drawn out.

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 was sent to court to be considered.