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Adnan Hajizade und Emin Milli (Azerbaijan)

On 8 July 2009, youth activists and bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were attacked in a restaurant by two unknown men. They tried to make a complaint to the police immediately after the attack, but instead they were arrested on charges of hooliganism. They have been detained ever since. On 11 November 2009, Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were convicted of ‘hooliganism’ and ‘inflicting minor bodily harm’, and sentenced to two and two and a half years respectively. National and international human rights monitors believe the charges were fabricated in response to the bloggers’ public criticism of the Azerbaijani government.

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