US embassy was expecting a different decision

"We were expecting Baku Appeals Court to release two youth activists." This statement was made to journalists standing in front of Baku Appeals Coourt by Dmitry Terakhovsky, public affairs official of US embassy.

According to Mediaforum website, Dmitry Terakhovsky noted that the embassy will closely follow the court case of Adnan Hajizada and Emin Milli. "At the same time we will continue our talks with the government regarding the issue."

On July 20, Baku Appeals Court rejected the appeal to their earlier decision by Adnan Hajizada and Emin Milli. Hajizada and Milli were arrested on July 8 after a fight at the "Lebanese" restaurant and on July 10, were detained for two months (while investigation will proceed) charged with hooliganism or 221.2.1 section of Criminal Code (hooliganism committed by a group of persons). The appeals court for both activists was closed.

Young writers, the representatives of youth organizations, intelligentsia and political parties expressed their protest to the decision by Appeals Court by singing Azerbaijani anthem. The police did not interfere.

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