TONY BLAIR EXPRESSES OPINION CONCERNING ARREST OF YOUTH BLOGGERS

December 2nd, 2009
Ex prime minister of Great Britain, Labor Party Leader Tony Blair, who is visiting Azerbaijan, expressed his opinion on the arrest of youth bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (Abdullayev). Answering the questions of journalists, he said that he supported the statement of Great Britain’s Foreign Ministry that was issued regarding the arrest of youth bloggers.

Great Britain’s Foreign Ministry expressed a strict opinion in response to the arrest of youth bloggers and called on Azerbaijani Government to adopt a fair decision.
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. 11 November, the investigation opened criminal case under article 221.2.1(hooliganism) and 127 (inflicting intentional minor bodily harm) against young bloggers Emin Abdullayev (Millli) and Adnan Hajizade a verdict was issued. According to the verdict, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment.