EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Azerbaijan: Video Blogging Activists Adnan Hajizade And Emin Milli Released

Posted by Info on 21/11/2010

On 8 July, 2009, Adnan Hajizada, a video-blogger and co-founder of the the OL! Youth Movement, and Emin Milli, co-founder of the Alumni Network grassroots youth movement, were seriously beaten by unidentified persons while dining with a group of other civil society and youth activists in a downtown Baku restaurant. After reporting the incident to police the two activists were placed in pre-trial detention while a criminal case was opened against both and later sentenced just over four months later to 2 and 2.5 years in prison respectively.

On 18 November 2010, despite earlier petitions for an early release, an Appeal Court in Baku ruled that Adnan Hajizada should be set free on conditional release. The next day, Emin Milli was also released.

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