US SENATORS CONCERNED OVER ARREST OF YOUTH BLOGGERS

February 22nd, 2010
US senator Amy Klobuchar expressed her concern regarding the arrest youth bloggers in Azerbaijan. She wrote about it in the letter addressed to members of the Minnesota Diaspora of Azerbaijan, according to Washington correspondent of Turan.

It was noted in the letter, “The United States continues its cooperation with the Azerbaijani government and Azerbaijani public in the strengthening of democratic initiatives and in the eliminating restrictions against freedom of expression and assembly”.
The senator pointed out that recently Washington called on the Azerbaijani government to provide bloggers with medical and legal aid. Jim Webb from Virginia expressed his concerns regarding the situation of human rights and freedom of speech in Azerbaijan.   
He told the Washington correspondent of Turan that he received information regarding existing problems from the Azerbaijani Diaspora of USA.
“I continue to follow issues as a member of committee of foreign relations of Senate,” said Webb.
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 had been sent to court to be considered. According to the verdict of Sabail district Court, Emin Milli was sentenced to 2,5 years imprisonment and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years imprisonment on 11 November.