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  • Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

    By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press
    BUDAPEST, Hungary August 31, 2012 (AP)


    An Azerbaijani military officer sentenced to life in prison in Hungary for hacking to death an Armenian officer was sent back to his homeland on Friday and, despite assurances, immediately pardoned and freed by his country's president.

    Lt. Ramil Safarov was given a life sentence in 2006 by the Budapest City Court after he confessed to killing Lt. Gurgen Markarian of Armenia while both were in Hungary for a 2004 NATO language course. Azerbaijan and Armenia are ex-Soviet neighbors who have been locked in a long-standing conflict over the mountainous territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Hungary returned the 35-year-old Safarov to Azerbaijan only after receiving assurances from the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry that Safarov's sentence, which included the possibility of parole after 25 years, would be enforced.

    "The Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan has further informed the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary that Ramil Sahib Safarov's sentence will not be modified but will immediately continue to be enforced, based on the Hungarian judgment," the Hungarian ministry said in a statement issued before the news of Safarov's release was known.

    The ministry said it based its decision on the 1983 Strasbourg Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

    In a brief statement posted in English on his website, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev decreed Friday that Safarov "should be freed from the term of his punishment."

    Hungary's Justice Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Safarov's release.

    Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan, but has remained under the control of Armenian troops and ethnic Armenian forces since the end of a six-year separatist war in 1994. Diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict have brought no result, and shootings on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border have been common.

    During his trial in Budapest, Safarov claimed that the conflict was at the root of his actions and that he used an ax to kill Markarian while the victim was sleeping in a dormitory room after the Armenian repeatedly provoked and ridiculed him.

    "My conscience was clouded as a result of the insults and humiliating and provoking behavior, and I lost all control," Safarov told the court in April 2006.

    Armenian-backed forces drove Azerbaijan's army out of the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s. A 1994 cease-fire ended the six-year war that killed 30,000 people and left about 1 million homeless and the enclave is now under the control of ethnic Armenians.

    Safarov's lawyers said that his parents and relatives were exiled from Nagorno-Karabakh during the war and that two of his relatives were killed by ethnic Armenian separatists."



    Aida Sultanova in Baku, Azerbaijan, contributed to this report.

    Source
    Due to budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

  • #2
    Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

    Originally posted by ara87 View Post
    By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press
    BUDAPEST, Hungary August 31, 2012 (AP)


    Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan.
    According to what document? There's not a single document of international law that can prove Artsakh (or Nakhijevan for that matter which incidentally lies without fake "Azerbaijan") lies within fake "Azerbaijan".

    In fact fake "Azerbaijan" as a sovereign state never sat down with its neighbors to delineate its borders, it was never recognized by the international community during its 23 month miserable, genocidal existence as a "sovereign" state, so it never existed as a subject of international law before 1991 Anno Domini.

    Historically speaking fake "Azerbaijan" never existed before 1918, so, someone should stop this Judeo-Saxon, Judeo-Bolshevik, Crypto-Judeo-Pan Turkist lie.
    A country named Azerbaijan north of the Arax River NEVER existed before 1918
    A nation called "Azeri" NEVER existed throughout human history

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      Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

      I saw a intreresting article earlier which stated that Aliev plans on killing Safarov and blaming his death on armenian assasin. This will be used by Aliev to further gain the support of the azeri people and to marginalize domestic opposition to his regime. I really do not think Aliev intends to restart the war because it could mean the end of him. If the azeris plan to go to war it is now or never because their oil well is becoming emptier and less important to the rest of the world. Aliev cares about himself and i doubt he will restart this war unless he thinks his reign in Azerbadjan is in jeapordy due to domestic opposition (which could happen). The whole affair of the Safarov deal points to the weakness of Armenia. This did not happen because our diplomats are inept rather it happened because they have no bargaining chips. Like why would the Hungarian leaders care about the Armenian reaction? Resource poor tiney Armenia simply is not a important enough of a factor in international politics.
      Hayastan or Bust.

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      • #4
        Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

        Very well though-tout and written article here
        http://groong.usc.edu/news/msg434757.html
        Hayastan or Bust.

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          Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

          OF CHESS CHAMPIONS AND AXE MURDERERS
          BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

          http://asbarez.com/105313/of-chess-c...axe-murderers/
          Monday, September 10th, 2012 | Posted by Ara Khachatourian

          Armenian chess champions greeted by President Sarkisian (left);
          Azerbaijan's hero axe-murderer Ramil Safarov

          The streets of Yerevan thundered with cheers and jubilation Monday
          night as throngs of residents flocked to the streets to welcome
          Armenia's National Chess team which had retuned from Istanbul where
          it had beat the Hungarian team to win gold and clench the title of
          world champion.

          Fireworks lit up the Yerevan sky and social media was buzzing with
          excitement and pride as our national heroes came home victorious.

          Under normal circumstances, the chess victory would still have been
          a source of pride and excitement, but would not have had historic
          implications. However, under the dark cloud of the Ramil Safarov
          incident, Armenia's victory in Istanbul against Hungary and last
          week's absurd images from Baku, where Azeris celebrated the return
          of an axe-murderer as hero turned irony into pathos.

          It was indeed ironic that Armenia was left to battle Hungary in the
          chess finals. Victory was even sweeter, since Armenia has suspended
          all relations with Hungary over its decision to extradite the Azeri
          soldier Ramil Safarov who brutally killed Armenian officer Gourgen
          Margaryan in 2004. It was also poignant to hear the Armenian national
          anthem in Istanbul

          The recent developments have, once again, put into perspective the
          crux of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and highlighted the gains and
          losses that have played out during the course of the war and the
          ensuing peace process.

          What began as a democratic movement under Glasnost and Perestroika
          for Armenians demanding their rights, turned violent when Azerbaijan
          began a wave of brutal massacres and pogroms in Sumgait, Kirovabad,
          Baku, Shahumian and Getashen. When Armenians were under relentless
          Grad missile attacks they banded to fight a war imposed on them
          and emerged victorious. Modern day heroes were born and hundreds
          joined the pantheon that boasts selfless individuals who have put the
          survival of the nation first. Azeris retreated without heroes and 20
          years later live in squalor as a few in Azerbaijan reap the benefits
          of its oil wealth. They were forced to create heroes, namely Haydar
          Aliyev, who is the architect of the current regime that thrives on
          and perpetuates hatred and brutality.

          During the peace negotiations, Azerbaijan has continued to threaten
          war, kill innocent civilians, and domestically stifle those who have
          advocated change in favor of criminals and bandits. Official Baku,
          through its president, has said that every Armenian is the state's
          enemy and must be dealt with accordingly.

          While Armenia has not been without its own troubles in the continued
          quest to protect human rights and justice, it has never officially
          called for the destruction and murder of an entire race.

          Decades ago as the world watched the brutal pogrom of Armenians with
          the same tacit "concern" as expressed when Safarov was extradited and
          then pardoned, the great human rights advocate and activist Andrei
          Sakharov said that the Karabakh conflict is "matter of prestige"
          for Azerbaijan, while for Armenians it is "a matter of life and death."

          So many deaths, including that of Gurgen Margaryan's could have been
          prevented had the international community, especially the US, Russia
          and Europe, did not sit idly by and exert pressures in their absurd
          efforts to advance so-called parity in the name of advancing peace.

          The Karabakh conflict resolution process is at a crossroads now.

          Azerbaijan's blatant support and glorification of an Armenian killer
          should not go unpunished by the stakeholders who claim to have
          the region's best interests at heart. Their "concerns" should have
          turned to anger and condemnation when in the days following Safarov's
          extradition, Azerbaijan continued its sub-human policies and elevated
          the axe-killer to a hero.

          The US continues to say that it is looking for answers from Baku,
          and the NATO secretary general last week guardedly asked for an
          explanation and instead got the middle finger from Ilham Aliyev.

          However late in the game, it is time for the international community to
          recalibrate its position and begin to not ignore bellicose statements
          and acts by Azerbaijan and view them as a threat to not only to
          Armenia and Armenians, but their own efforts at establishing peace
          in the region.

          Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei
          Lavrov on Monday pledged to work to diffuse tensions between Armenia
          and Azerbaijan on the sidelines of the upcoming United National General
          Assembly. One way to ensure that their efforts hold any credence is
          to use the pulpit of the General Assembly to loudly condemn Azerbaijan
          and any other nation that promotes hatred, murder and glorifies those
          who commit them as a state policy.

          Two neighboring countries welcomed national heroes to their
          midst. As the world watched, a definitive picture has emerged that
          magnifies-in no uncertain terms-the contrast between civilized
          people and barbarians: A nation proudly welcoming a group that for
          several weeks has been representing his country in an international
          competition and is returning a hero having leveraged sportsmanship,
          acumen and conviction and another nation proudly welcoming a person who
          wielded an axe, viciously and brutally murdering another human being.
          Hayastan or Bust.

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          • #6
            Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

            I mean what kind of a sick society turns a killer who axed a sleeping man to death into a hero?

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              Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

              Originally posted by Serjik View Post
              I mean what kind of a sick society turns a killer who axed a sleeping man to death into a hero?
              A society that does not have more worthy heroes.
              Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
              Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
              Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests

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              • #8
                Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

                Originally posted by londontsi View Post
                A society that does not have more worthy heroes.
                Every apologist for turcs & baboons, every seeker of rapprochement between Armenia and azerbaboon & their turc kin, everyone who preaches we should forgive and move on, everyone who trades with turcs, everyone who supports their economy with visits & purchases, everyone should now realize that the AG is a continuing crime, an ongoing affront to humanity, an ongoing attempt to destroy Armenia, Armenians and any trace of Armenia.
                If you manage to get a foot on a mad dog's neck, keep it there.
                Sardarabad,1918.

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                • #9
                  Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

                  In case anyone has doubts about whose side the west is on;

                  Former Uk Prisons Minister:" Ramil Safarov's Extradition To Azerbaijan Was Carried Out In Accordance With The European Convention On Transfer Of Sentenced Persons"

                  MilAz.info
                  Sept 12 2012
                  Azerbaijan

                  "Press services and some parliamentarians of different countries
                  Statement misjudged the issue"

                  Former UK prisons minister, MP Gerry Sutcliffe estimated ON Armenians
                  aggressive position on Ramil Safarov's extradition. According to the
                  information the European Azerbaijan Society gave APA the transfer of
                  Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijani custody and subsequent pardon has caused
                  a firestorm amongst the Armenian government, the Armenian Diaspora and
                  its supporters: "As a result threats have been made against Azerbaijani
                  diplomats, diplomatic relations with Hungary has been severed, the
                  Armenian President has upped the war rhetoric and Safarov himself
                  has been targeted. It is noteworthy that the press and some members
                  of various European parliaments have also been quick to judge.

                  It should be pointed out however that the transfer of Safarov was
                  carried out in accordance with the European Convention on the Transfer
                  of Sentenced Persons. Moreover, Armenia itself has helped release
                  and pardoned a number of its citizens convicted of terrorist attacks
                  over the last 20 years. The background to this case of course is
                  that not a single Armenian, including the current Armenian President,
                  has ever been prosecuted for the killing of thousands of Azerbaijani
                  civilians during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. An ongoing 20 year
                  stalemate between the two sides continues to this day with Armenia
                  steadfastly occupying almost 20% of Azerbaijani territory displacing
                  around 900,000 of its citizens, despite four UN Security Council
                  resolutions demanding the withdrawal of troops".

                  The mp noted that the open sore on Europe's border cannot be allowed
                  to fester any longer: "Violence and the threat of violence only breed
                  more violence. It is a time for cool heads and statesmanship on all
                  sides. The international community must do its party to finally ending
                  the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict".

                  Members of UK House of Lords Ken Maginnis, Lord Laird and Lord
                  Kilclooney also commented on the aggressive position and threats by
                  Armenian authorities and terrorist organizations on the extradition of
                  Ramil Safarov. They considered this extradition as legal and reminded
                  that Armenia pardoned its terrorists. They also discussed occupation
                  of Jabrayil region, where Ramil Safarov was born and called on Armenia
                  to show restraint.
                  Hayastan or Bust.

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                    Re: Azerbaijan Pardons, Frees Convicted Azeri for murdering an Armenian

                    Originally posted by hrai View Post
                    Every apologist for turcs & baboons, every seeker of rapprochement between Armenia and azerbaboon & their turc kin, everyone who preaches we should forgive and move on, everyone who trades with turcs, everyone who supports their economy with visits & purchases, everyone should now realize that the AG is a continuing crime, an ongoing affront to humanity, an ongoing attempt to destroy Armenia, Armenians and any trace of Armenia.
                    If you manage to get a foot on a mad dog's neck, keep it there.
                    Worth repeating
                    Artashes
                    HARK

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