YOUTH BLOGGERS` LAWYERS FILE CASSATION COMPLAINT

April 29th, 2010
The lawyers of youth Bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade filed a cassation complaint against the decision adopted by the Appellate Court on 10 March, 2010.

The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by lawyer Isakhan Ashurov. He said that the appeal was filed on 27 April and the date of hearing is unidentified.
On 27 April, the Washington Congress Group on Press Freedom and the National Endowment for Democracy conducted a hearing on the theme of “The bloggers behind bars: internet – journalists in prison and restriction of freedom of expression.”
According to Turan Information Agency, Washington Congress Group on Press Freedom Co-founder Adam Schiff and NED President Carl Gershman said that 68 bloggers including online editors and reporters have been arrested. They mentioned Azerbaijani bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli among them. NED President Carl Gershman said that these bloggers don’t have any fault except criticizing the policy of government civilly.  
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. On 10 March, the Baku Appellate Court adopted a decision to uphold the verdict of the Sabail District Court.