Azeri bloggers thank the world for moral support

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In a video on Youtube Azeri bloggers Adnan Hajizadeh and Emin Milli expressed their gratitude for the support they received during their detention. They were sentenced to two and a half years in jail last year for satirising President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, but were released a month ago.

Dressed as donkeys, the two bloggers had appeared in a film criticising the purchase of a donkey by President Aliyev. The Azeri leader spent 40,000 euros on the animal during an official visit to Germany in 2009.

Shortly after the critical movie was released, Hajizadeh and Milli were beaten up and jailed. The two blogers were charged with grievous bodily harm and street terror. Hadjizadeh was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and Milli got a two years' sentence.

Hadjizadeh was released early on appeal, Milli's release followed just a day later. In all, the bloggers spent 16 months behind bars. When they left the court building, Hadjizadeh said he would stay in Azerbeidjan and would continue blogging. "I am not guilty and I demand full rehabilitation. Freedom is my right."

In their recent Youtube video, the two Azeri bloggers name a great number of organisations, including Radio Netherlands Worldwide, who supported them during their imprisonment.

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