12 November 2009 (Human Rights Watch) -- The criminal convictions of two young activist bloggers are a step backward for free expression in Azerbaijan, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Azerbaijani government to ensure that the appeal against their conviction fully examines whether the incident for which they were convicted was staged to frame them.
On November 11, 2009 the Sabail District Court of Baku convicted Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade of hooliganism and inflicting minor bodily harm, sentencing them to two and a half years in prison respectively. Milli is a blogger for an online television site and a coordinator of exchange student alumni. Hajizade is a video blogger. They were charged in relation to an incident in July in which they say they were attacked.
"There is a longstanding pattern of Azerbaijani officials filing trumped-up charges again
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