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    17:12 19/02/2014 >> SOCIETY

    In the Armenian Church of St. John the Baptist (St. Hovhannes Mkrtich)
    in Paris service for the peace of soul of Gurgen Margaryan, killed
    by Azerbaijani Ramil Safarov, was held.

    At the service, held on February 16, the employees of the Armenian
    Embassy in France, the NKR representatives, members of Armenian
    Organizations in France and local Armenian community were present.

    Upon completion of the church-event those gathered there marched to
    Yerevan Park in Paris, where, on behalf of the Armenians of Armenian
    Republic, NKR and France laid wreaths and flowers at the monument
    to Komitas. The procession was headed by the RA Ambassador to France
    Vigen Chitechyan.

    In 2004, Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan was taking part in
    a three-month English course of NATO "Partnership for Peace" in
    Budapest. Early in the morning of February 19 he was murdered. The
    murderer - Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov - delivered 16 blows
    of ax to the face of the sleeping Armenian officer. As a result, the
    Hungarian court found him sane and sentenced him to life imprisonment
    without a right of pardon for 30 years. The news about the extradition
    of Ramil Safarov to his homeland and pardon by the Azerbaijani
    president Ilham Aliyev broke out on August 31.

    The pardoned murderer Ramil Safarov was greeted as a hero in
    Azerbaijan; he was given an apartment and was paid an officer salary
    for 8 years spent in detention. Moreover, Safarov was breveted
    Major by the Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan, who also wished him
    "every success."

    Because of Safarov's extradition to Azerbaijan the president of Armenia
    Serzh Sargsyan announced the suspension of diplomatic relations
    with Hungary. Safarov's extradition, pardon, and glorification in
    Azerbaijan was condemned by the US president Barack Obama, US State
    Department, Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Russia and France,
    Secretary General of Council of Europe, Secretary General of CSTO,
    NATO, and international human rights organizations. In addition to
    that, European Parliament adopted a condemning resolution on September
    13, 2012.

    Today, February 19, the 10th anniversary of commemoration of Armenian
    officer's death. To the 10th anniversary of Gurgen Margaryan's murder
    in the frameworks of the "Ordinary Genocide" project a video-footage
    has been prepared called "Azerbaijan: Racism without borders." The
    video footage is in English and Russian. It concisely presents
    the history of the murder that had stunned the world, as well as
    the programs following the incident and Safarov's glorification in
    Azerbaijan.It is significant that the authors chose Symphony number 7
    ("Leningrad") by Dmitri Shostakovich known as "the invasion of the
    Nazis" as a soundtrack for the footage.

    The "Ordinary Genocide" project is being implemented by the Information
    and Public Relations Center under the RA President's administration.


    From: Baghdasarian