SPEAKER OF THE ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT CANCELLS HIS VISIT TO HUNGARY

ARMENPRESS
31 August, 2012
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, 31 AUGUST, ARMENPRESS: Speaker of the Armenian National
Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan cancelled his visit to Hungary and
turn down the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart to pay an
official visit to Bucharest late September. The press office of the
Parliament calls the reason for the cancellation the recent decision
of Hungarian government to extradite Ramil Safarov. On February 19 of
2004 in Budapest Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov slayed with an ax
Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan when the latter was sleeping. The
two officers were taking part in English language courses in framework
of NATO program in Budapest. Hungarian court sentenced Ramil Safarov
to life imprisonment, without a right to be pardoned during the first
30 years in jail. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev pardoned Ramil
Safarov, an assassin who murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan
when participating at NATO course in Budapest. The press service of
Azerbaijani President released the text of Aliyev's decree signed on
August 31 which is mentioned that it comes into force immediately.

Earlier Azerbaijani media, calling anonymous sources had mentioned
that Ramil Safarov had been subjected to extradition and already was
in Azerbaijan.