Then YRDC co-ordinator, independent journalist Erkin Gadirli talked about young bloggers’ arrest and said that all nuances show that this case is spurious.
“I want to make those people saying ‘do not politicize this case’ aware that the arrest of these two young people, who are subjected to provocation due to their different opinions and their material placed on the web, is politically motivated.”
It was noted during the forum that a signature gathering campaign is being held in connection with the arrest. A letter containing more than 200 signatures has already been sent to the president of the country. The letter calls on the president to defend everyone’s right.
Then the forum participants expressed their opinions about the release of Emin and Adnan and publicizing this issue.
At the end of the event YRDC representatives Erkin Gadirli and Turgut Ganbar answered the questions from forum participants.
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. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku.