AZERI ASSASSIN SAFAROV FULFILLED STATE ORDER, KILLING ARMENIAN OFFICER - LAWYER

PanARMENIAN.Net
August 30, 2012 - 16:07 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan's assassin Ramil
Safarov fulfilled Azerbaijan's state order, lawyer Nazeli Vardanyan
said.

"I am of the same opinion as I was eight years ago. It was a state
order," she told a press conference in Yerevan Thursday, Aug 30.

According to her, Azeri authorities from the very beginning were
actively involved in the lawsuit, trying hard to mitigate Safarov's
sentence.

"Azerbaijan even established an embassy in Budapest, with
representatives of Azeri and Turkish embassies present at court
hearings," Ms. Vardanyan said, adding that Safarov was later announced
a national hero in Azerbaijan.

In this context, she quoted Azerbaijan's Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova
and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev as saying, "Safarov must set an
example for the young generation" and "Armenians must be killed in
Nagorno-Karabakh."

Lieutenant of the Armenian Armed Forces Gurgen Margaryan, 26, was
hacked to death, while asleep, by a fellow Azerbaijani participant,
lieutenant Ramil Safarov, in Budapest during a three-month English
language course in the framework of NATO-sponsored Partnership for
Peace program.

On April 13, 2006, Budapest District Court sentenced Safarov to life
in prison for murdering Margaryan. On February 22, 2007, Budapest
Court rejected the Azerbaijani military officer's appeal against the
verdict, precluding possibility of pardon for the initial 30 years.

By a decree of then-President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, officer
Margaryan was awarded with a posthumous Medal for Courage on February
19, 2005.