European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus hails release of youth activists in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 21 / Trend M.Aliyev /
EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby hails the release of youth activists - Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade by Azerbaijani authorities, the diplomat told Trend Sunday on arriving in Baku.
Salyan Regional Court has ordered Friday to release blogger Emin Milli after serving more than half of a prison term handed to him for accusation in hooliganism.
Adnan Hajizade was released too on Thursday.
During his two-day visit to Baku Semneby is planning to meet with Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.
"I am very glad that Azerbaijani judicial system has adopted the decision which made possible the early release of these two young people. We have been worrying very much because of their detention. Like all other partners of Azerbaijan we are glad that they have been released", Semneby said.
Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were arrested on July 8, 2009 after an incident in a restaurant in Baku. They were accused in hooliganism. Milli was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and Hajizade to two years in prison.
According to Semneby, it is possible to pass on more significant issues after the release of youth activists.
Answering the question about parliamentary elections which were held in Azerbaijan in the beginning of November, Semneby noted that to his mind not all opportunities have been applied for the improvement of conditions of holding elections.
"It is necessary to consider all recommendations which are to be given to Azerbaijan and fulfill them in order not to have such issues before the next elections", Semneby said.
Azerbaijan held the parliamentary elections Nov. 7. The voter turnout hit about 50.14 percent (roughly 2.48 million voters) in Azerbaijan, the CEC's Elections Information Center told Trend.
The CEC reported that 690 candidates were running for the parliamentary elections.
Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies. Previous parliamentary elections were held in November 2005.