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Azerbaijan: Activists’ support site goes down

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Yesterday, as Önər Blog [AZ] reported, the Appellate Court in Baku was to consider again the case of Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, the recently beaten and detained youth activists and bloggers sentenced last week to two months of pre-trial arrest on alleged “hooliganism” charges. 

However, while Emin Milli was brought before the judge, the authorities failed to bring Adnan Hajizada to the court for unknown reasons. When Hajizada's lawyer filed a motion demanding that he be present, the judge accepted the motion and postponed the appeal hearing until 20 July.

With other activists and supporters of the detained men utilizing social media and YouTube to campaign for their release, online activity naturally increased. Yesterday, however, one of the main websites, AdnanEmin.com, created in their defense went down.

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According to discussions on Facebook, many suspect that this was because of a ping flood, a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack), when a website is overwhelmed by ping packets.

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“It is possible that the cite has received unlimited pings and the server couldn't manage to withstand them.”

Hours later, the site was accessible again.

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For background info on Emin and Adnan, Global Voices Online has extensive coverage here, while more information on Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade can be found here and here. A new English-language version version of the OL! blog is also providing updates.

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