Today (nov 11 2009) sometime around 13.00 Baku time Adnan Hajizada (26) and Emin Milli (30) were sentenced to 2 and 2.6 years respectively. The hearing was held at an unusual hour (or more so changed deliberately so as to have small turnout) given until today all the hearings were held in late afternoon- in fact, the change in time was only announced yesterday and so many- including international observers- expected to be at the court at 15.00 not 10.30. Perhaps there was a reasoning behind that- I don't know... But it was indeed the final hearing as many supporters in Baku and elsewhere thought.
Today the government of Azerbaijan once again proved that it can do whatever it wants - all the evidence presented at the court was neglected. It showed that it doesn't care about what international organizations/institutions/individuals say/demand/ask/call upon - for the last four months international institutions appealed to the governmet to release activists. Today we saw that there is no justice - the final verdict is case in point.
Yes, we all were angered,frustrated, saddened and annoyed by the final sentence and I believe most of us still are. I knew nothing good was going to come out of this but having to witness all of this in real life was not easy.
But this is not an end, this is only the beginning. Don't forget "future is what we do know" and that "in order to change the society we must first change ourselves"!
Today at the end of the hearing, Emin said he is feeling proud and thats why he is ready to accept the verdict given to him. Though his speech was short, he called on the audience to use all means possible- internet (blogs, facebook, youtube); sms- to spread the reality of the situation in the country regarding freedom, justice and their case. Adnan, questioned how alleged witnesses will look into the eyes of their families- we will be done with our sentences but I wonder how they are going to live a life built on lies... He called on youth to continue changing themselves and working together for a better Azerbaijan. They both showed their strength to us, and so we must do the same in return!
For those who want to read more on the case/Emin/Adnan/Ol and AN see the following:
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