Tuesday, October 6

Committee In Defense Of Youth Activists- PRESS RELEASE

Below is the press release by the Committee in Defense of Youth Activists released straight after the hearing on October 1 2009.

Baku, Azerbaijan, October 1, 2009

During Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizada’s court hearing on October 1, 2009, their attorney presented photos that proved that the current investigation, testimonies of victims and witnesses for prosecution are untrue.

According to the statement comprised by the investigator of Sabail District Police Department Ziya Aliyev, police detained Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizada in the restaurant "Lebanese" and delivered them to the Sabail District Police Station No.9 as suspects of hooliganism whereupon they were arrested.

Nevertheless, Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizada affirm that they were severely beaten by two unfamiliar young persons with athlete's body (V. Mammadov and B. Huseynov) following which Emin Abdullayev and Adnan Hajizada went to the Sabail District Police Station No.39 in order to file a complain. There they were advised to approach Sabail District Police Station No.9. After that they made their way to the advised police station to file a complaint against the persons who attacked them in the restaurant.

During today's court session, E. Abdullayev and A. Hajizada’s attorneys submitted photos to the court which confirm that E. Abdullayev and A. Hajizada were at the Police Station No.39 after the fight in the restaurant (dated 08.07.2009) which justify that investigation statement and testimonies of witnesses for prosecution are not true.

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