Adnan Hajizada


Adnan Hajizade (AzerbaijaniAdnan Hacızadə, born 13 July 1983) is an Azerbaijani blogger and one of the founders of OL! Azerbaijani Youth Movement.[1] He is currently employed as an internal communications officer at British Petroleum.[1]

Adnan was born in Baku. He is a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) alumnus and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. After his return to Baku, he has continued his education at Khazar University.[1]

Detention and trial

On 8 July 2009, Adnan Hajizade and another Azeri youth activist and blogger Emin Milli were assaulted and severely beaten by two men in a restaurant in downtown Baku.[2] Milli and Hajizada went to file a complaint about the assault, but instead police detained them and opened a criminal case against both, who are charged with hooliganism.[3]

On 10 July 2009, Judge Rauf Ahmedov of the Sabail district court in Baku placed both of them in pretrial detention for two months.[4][5] Günter Nooke, German Federal Commissioner for Human Rights who was present in Baku during their trial but had to wait before the court and eventually, was the only one allowed to see Emin Milli for a few minutes.[6] Subsequently, higher court rejected their appeal.[7]

Reporters Without Borders,[8] OSCE[9] and European Union,[10] as well as a number of foreign countries have strongly condemned Milli and Hajizade’s arrest, while the case prompted protests from 18 officials of the University of Richmond,[11] where Adnan studied and from BP,[12] who employs him.

Investigation in Milli and Hajizade’s case was concluded on 22 August and an additional charge was brought against them (“deliberately inflicting minor bodily harm”).[13] On 4 September, Judge Araz Huseynov presided over the preparatory session where a variety of defense motions, including one to have the charges dropped, another to permit media coverage of the proceedings and a motion to set the defendants free on bail for the duration of their trial were denied.[14][15] The first hearing of the case was set on 16 September.[16]


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