EXTRADITING SAFAROV TO AZERBAIJAN CAUSES BEWILDERMENT AND RESENTMENT - ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT VICE CHAIRMAN

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August 31, 2012 | 15:39

YEREVAN. - The Hungarian authorities' move to extradite criminal
Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan causes bewilderment and resentment at
the very least, Armenian National Assembly Deputy Speaker and ruling
Republican Party Press Secretary Eduard Sharmazanov stated.

In his words, it was clear as to what was to await that killer in
Azerbaijan.

"And with respect to [Azerbaijani President Ilham] Aliyev's decision
to grant him pardon, this move proves yet again that the policy of
Armenian-hatred and fascism is conducted and encouraged in Azerbaijan
on a state level. I believe Azerbaijan's astonishing move to grant
this killer pardon shall not remain unanswered and must be condemned
by the international community," said Sharmazanov.

To note, Hungary has extradited Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan. It was
informed that Ilham Aliyev had already granted pardon to the murderer,
and Azerbaijani MP Ceyhun Osmanli likewise had confirmed the news
about Safarov's extradition.

As Armenian News-NEWS.am informed earlier, on February 19, 2004,
Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant of the Azerbaijani Amy, murdered Armenian
officer Gurgen Margaryan.

On January 11, 2004, Margaryan had left for Budapest to participate
in a three-month English language course, which was part of NATO's
Partnership for Peace program. On February 19 he was axed, while
asleep, by his fellow Azerbaijani participant, Lieutenant Ramil
Safarov. The murder took place at 5am in the morning, while the victim
was asleep.

When interrogated, Safarov had confessed he had planned to murder of
two Armenian officers "by chopping off their heads."

Despite the confession, Azerbaijani propaganda attempted to make
Ramil Safarov a national hero and deceive the international community.

On April 16, 2006, the Hungarian court sentenced Safarov to life
imprisonment and without a possibility of appeal until 2036. The
judge, Andras Vaskuti, had cited as the reasons for the sentence the
premeditated nature and brutality of the crime, and the fact that
Safarov showed no remorse for his deeds.