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  • Gurgen Margaryan Murder

    Date: 10-11-2005
    Source: AZG

    During the Sept 27 hearing of the Budapest Feb 19 2004 murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan by his Azeri counterpart Ramil Safarov the Armenian side petitioned the court to requalify the crime into genocide. No decision has been passed yet.

    The lawyer of Margaryan's family Nazeli Vardanyan says that she also petitioned to recognize the second Azeri officer Anar Aliev as accomplice in the crime. Aliev was again absent from the court. Vardanyan says that once again Safarov was very incoherent and contradictory during his testimony. The court heard for the second time the testimony of the second Armenian officer Hayk Makuchyan whom Safarov nearly killed and who was recognized an aggrieved party during the previous hearing.

    The court focused on the results of the two medical examinations of Safarov - the first examination found him sane, the second not fully sane. The second expert failed to substantiate his findings. Vardanyan says that Safarov might have been specially instructed before the second examination or the Azeri side might have made arrangement with the experts. So the court decided to hold one more examination.

    Vardanyan says that there is no sense in changing the Hungarian lawyer of Margaryan's family and Mukuchyan. She notes that there has been progress since the Sept hearing and the trial is beginning to turn against Safarov. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec 15 and the verdict may well be passed quite soon
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  • #2
    Armenian Lawyers To Present 'surprise' Facts To Hungarian Court


    Dec 12 2005

    YEREVAN, DECEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS: Hayk Demoyan, a representative
    of the Armenian defense ministry who represents the interest of the
    family of Gurgen Margarian, an Armenian officer killed by his Azeri
    counterpart in Budapest last year, told Armenpress the Armenian side
    will present' surprise' facts to the court which he said will destroy
    the other side's arguments.

    The trial of Ramil Safarov, an Azeri officer who killed his Armenian
    classmate Gurgen Margarian in Budapest where they were participating
    in English-language courses run by NATO-sponsored Partnership for
    Peace program, will resume on December 15. Hayk Demoyan and another
    Armenian lawyer, Nazeli Vardanian, have left for Budapest.

    The first examination of Safarov only four days after the murder found
    him guilty of the murder while the second found he was suffering from
    post-traumatic syndrome when he killed his victim. The latter claim
    is part of the strategy that the defense has undertaken in an effort
    to reduce the punishment of the defendant. If found guilty Safarov
    may face a 15 year prison term or a life sentence.
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    • #3

      Did anyone see these? How sick!!!(Pictures of the murder scene)

      I hope they lock that animal up for life...
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      • #4
        Legal Proceedings On Case Of Armenian Officer Murder Coming To End


        Pan Armenian
        14.12.2005 21:54 GMT+04:00

        /PanARMENIAN.Net/ "The trial of the Azerbaijani serviceman Ramil
        Safarov charged of murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian is
        coming to an end," lawyer, member of the International Bar Association
        Nazeli Vardanian stated.

        The Armenian lawyers and a representative of the RA Defense Ministry
        are in Budapest expecting the results of the third medical examination
        of Ramil Safarov carried out November 25. Nazeli Vardanian said
        the report will be issued on Thursday during the court session. The
        two previous examinations gave way to discrepancies. First time the
        Hungarian psychologists said Safarov was sane when committing the
        crime. The second examination showed that Safarov did not control
        his deeds. "The third examination is based upon the previous ones,"
        Nazeli Vardanian noted. According to the relative Hungarian, law the
        court has no right to set one more examination. It means that the
        trial will be over soon.

        The previous court session was postponed over the absence of witness
        Anar Aliyev, who lived next door to Ramil Safarov. This time he
        is given the last opportunity to appear in the court, however some
        Azeri media spread information that Aliyev will not give testimony
        in the court since he has problems with his health. In case he does
        not appear, his preliminary testimony will be published. When asked
        to comment on the punishment Nazeli Vardanian said, "If the judge is
        impart the punishment will be extremely severe. The Azerbaijanis try to
        free Safarov rating any of punishment as defeat. We demand the supreme
        penalty, that is life imprisonment." As for Safarov's extradition,
        it can be discussed after the sentence is passed, RFE/RL reported.

        To remind, February 19, 2004 Armenian Armed Forces lieutenant Gurgen
        Margarian, who was taking an English course within NATO Partnership
        for Peace program was brutally hacked to death by Azeri officer
        Ramil Safarov.

        The latter was accused with Article 116.2 of the Hungarian Criminal
        Code, which provides for a punishment of 10-15 years of deprivation
        of liberty or life imprisonment.
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        • #5
          Armenian Ombudswoman Calls Her Hungarian Colleague's Attention To Delay Of Trial On C


          Noyan Tapan
          Armenians Today
          Dec 14 2005

          on case of the murder of RA Armed Forces Officer Gurgen Margarian
          will continue on December 15 in Budapest and in this connection RA
          Ombudswoman Larisa Alaverdian sent a letter to Hungarian Parliamentary
          Ombudsperson Barnabas Lenkovich.

          The letter provided by the Information and Public Relations Department
          of RA Ombudswoman's staff, in particular, read:

          "The Armenian side highly estimates the professionalism and
          impartiality manifested by judge Vaskuti.

          Having no purpose to intervene in the course of the trial, I wish,
          however, to express the anxiety of the Armenian society in connection
          with the obvious delay of this trial. After two months it will be 2
          two years since the monstrous murder of the Armenian Officer but the
          court has pronounced no decision by now.

          Taking into account the special attitude of Armenia towards this
          crime and the trust of our society that the court decision will be
          fair and unbiassed, in any case I want to call your attention to the
          delays of the trial, their legal argumentation.

          I am sure that you as an Ombudsperson are no less interested in an
          adequate decision pronounced by the court.

          I am convinced that the Hungarian court will remain loyal to the
          values of the Hungarian legislation and the international law.

          The representative of RA Ombudswoman has left for Budapest for the
          purpose of taking part in the trial and visiting the Hungarian Human
          Rights National Institution.
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          • #6
            Azeri Fascists Continue Canonizing Assassin-officer Ramil Safarov

            YEREVAN, DECEMBER 14. ARMINFO. The Azeri Fascists continue canonizing
            the assassin-officer Ramil Safarov the day before the resumption of
            his trial in Budapest.

            Echo daily (Baku) reports the Organization for Liberation of Karabakh
            and the Committee for Protecting the Rights of the Officer to have
            held a roundtable and to have concluded that "Ramil Safarov is a victim
            of the Armenian terror." OLK is going to appeal to the Budapest court
            to defend Safarov.

            The OLK leader Akif Nagi says that the appeal is being e-mailed to
            different international organizations. Nagi says that "the Armenian
            side is pressuring the Hungarian public and judiciary and the trial
            is being artificially delayed." He believes that after the verdict
            is passed Safarov should be brought back to Azerbaijan "to continue
            his duty as highly qualified officer."

            Obviously in Azerbaijan "highly qualified" is not a person with good
            military training but one who is vile and skillful in wielding an ax.

            The representative of the Amal intelligentsia movement, professor
            Mursud Mamedli says that "the Armenian propaganda is actively working
            to create the negative image of Safarov by alleging that he killed a
            sleeping officer." The "intellectual" believes that this is an fantasy
            - before killing Safarov "had waken up the officer." This fact makes
            Safarov's act righteous and worthy of officer in the eyes of Mamedli.

            The leader of the Juma religious community, civil advocate Ilgar
            Ibragimoglu says that the outcome of the trial will influence the
            further fate of Karabakh. "The conflicting parties - Azerbaijan and
            Armenia - are struggling for public opinion," he says.

            To remind, Safarov is facing from 10-15 years to life in prison for
            axing Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest Feb 19 2004. Both
            officers were taking English courses.
            Attached Files
            "All truth passes through three stages:
            First, it is ridiculed;
            Second, it is violently opposed; and
            Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

            Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


            • #7
              Budapest Murder Case: Hearings Resumed, Then Postponed Again


              Hayk Demoyan - the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of
              Armenia at the trial of Ramil Safarov - reports from Budapest.

              The fifth hearings on the case of the murder of Gurgen
              Margaryan - Armenian officer hacked to death almost two years ago by his
              Azerbaijani classmate Ramil Safarov during the NATO-sponsored English
              language courses - were resumed today in Budapest, Hungary. The results of
              the third psychiatric examination of the defendant which was set to
              clear the contradictions between the first examination and the second
              one were scheduled to be announced today. However the third examination
              was carried out so unprofessionally that the judge Andrash Vashkuti
              expressed his indignation and threatened to impose sanctions against the
              expert. According to the results of the latest examination, the
              defendant was in `a condition close to the state of irresponsibility'.

              The judge discarded the results of the third examination and scheduled
              another one. Also, as per request by the prosecution two more witnesses
              are to be summoned for the next hearings: an employee of the military
              school where the murder was committed, and another student of the
              language courses. The defense again pledged to conduct an interrogation
              of the Azerbaijani witness (the second Azerbaijani officer who had
              participated in the courses) in Baku claiming that he was incapable of
              visiting Budapest. But this pledge was also refused by the judge. The
              preliminary eye witness account of the Azerbaijani eye witness that he
              provided immediately after the murder was read instead.

              The hearings are scheduled to be resumed on March 7th, 2006.

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              • #8
                Ramil Safarov’s Case: Azeris Try to Move to Pity Hungarian Media

                27.12.2005 08:21 GMT-08:00
                /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Round-table discussion dedicated to the fate of lieutenant Ramil Safarov, who is awaiting trial in the Hungarian court, was held in International Press Club in Baku December 26. Opening the event the initiators read an address on behalf of Azerbaijani mass media and non-governmental organizations. The address says that the Hungarian media is biased when covering the legal proceedings against Ramil Safarov accused of murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan. “We ask you to treat the problem more seriously. Presently over 30 000 people of Armenian origin live safely n Azerbaijan,” the statement says. “If you have doubts over the facts mentioned by us, we are ready to organize your arrival in Azerbaijan to see the picture on your own,” the statement authors say.

                Azeri media and NGO representatives intend to send a video cassette to the Hungarian colleagues showing the events of the alleged «genocide in Khojaly,» of which R. Safarov was a witness. «Thereupon, it is easy to understand R. Safarov's feelings, who lost his property and was many times insulted by Gurgen Margaryan. The judge will have the last word. However, we ask you to be more attentive when writing materials over the incident. The media and NGOs play a large role in forming the public opinion. We believe that you will understand us and will acquaint the Hungarian people with our address,» the statement says. A similar statement was sent on behalf of Azeri media and NGOs to Budapest judge Mr. Andresh Vashkuti. President of ANS group of companies Vahid Mustafayev suggested creation of a Monitoring Center that will engage with the problem. «For example, two or three journalists will follow the materials of Hungarian media over Safarov's case. It is also necessary to finance the trip of our delegation to Budapest. Besides, we should not be ashamed and merely buy strips of Hungarian media, who will publish the information we need,» V. Mustafayev said.

                It should be noted that during the hearing it turned out that during the events in Khojaly R. Safarov was not in Azerbaijan and thus could not witness the events in Khojaly. Moreover, according to the testimony of Anar Aliyev, another Azeri serviceman taking part in the NATO courses, there were no conflict situations between Armenian and Azeri officers. Thus, statements on «insulting Safarov» are groundless. The next hearing on Safarov's case will be held March 7, 2006.

                It should be reminded that February 19, 2004 lieutenant of Armenian Armed Forces G. Margaryan sent to Budapest to take part in English language courses within the Partnership for Peace program was brutally hacked by the Azeri officer, who also took the same courses. Safarov is accused on article 116.2 of the Hungarian Criminal Code (murder committed with special cruelty and attempt at life of over one person), which provides for a punishment from 10-15 years of imprisonment to life sentence.
                "All truth passes through three stages:
                First, it is ridiculed;
                Second, it is violently opposed; and
                Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


                • #9
                  Ramil Safarov Became A Recidivist

                  Pan Armenian
                  26.12.2005 GMT+04:00

                  The assassin of Armenian officer will undergo trial for another crime.

                  Hearing of the new crime, committed by Azeri officer Ramil Safarov,
                  accused of murdering Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan, will start
                  on January 17 in Budapest. This time the murderer will be tried for
                  attacking jail guard and can be imprisoned for two years.

                  /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Ramil Safarov attacked the guard last year in

                  The guard's colleagues who ran in for help, managed to neutralize
                  the criminal with great difficulty. The murderer cried that he
                  was not obliged to carry out the orders of guards, since they held
                  lower ranks. Ramil Safarov is accused of attacking jail guards and
                  insubordination. If his guilt is proved, according to Hungarian laws
                  the period of imprisonment will be added to the primary imprisonment
                  period for the murder of Armenian officer. The defendant will probably
                  bring a counter-claim, trying to prove that the guards beat him. In
                  investigation materials there is a record about physical injuries. The
                  thing is that force has really been applied against the prisoner, but
                  it was absolutely adequate to the situation. In cases of resistance,
                  such actions are fully allowable.

                  This case has once again proved, that we are dealing with a malicious
                  recidivist. A verdict, other than life imprisonment can bear danger
                  for the society, since there are no guarantees that after 13 or 16
                  years of imprisonment, the criminal will change. This is another
                  argument in favor of the idea that the verdict for the primary case
                  has to be maximally severe.

                  Meanwhile, Baku is trying to find a totally different accent in the
                  situation. The head of criminalistics and legal expertise chair of
                  Baku State University Kamil Salimov has announced to mass media that
                  the incident in the jail can serve as an argument in favor of the
                  fact that Safarov has become aggressive, as a result of psychological
                  disorder. "For professionals it is obvious that Safarov's behavior
                  can at times be impetuous. People with such mental disorders are
                  kept in a special regime, which demands medical psychiatric help,
                  taking into account their difficult mental condition."

                  says the criminalist. Thus, Salimov leads to the conclusion that
                  the court should refuse from announcing damning verdict and appoint
                  compulsory treatment. However it should be noted that the results of
                  the second and third examinations of Safarov's psychological condition
                  confirm that he is a mentally healthy person. This is why Salimov's
                  hints at Safarov's "madness" look absolutely unconvincing.

                  At the same time, it looks like the killer's defenders, disappointed
                  with the judge's decision made at the fourth sitting, have already
                  accepted that the damning verdict is inevitable. Now they only rip off
                  money for the legend about Ramil Safarov. Recently, in the interview
                  to Baku journalists, Safarov's advocate Adil Ismailov complained about
                  the shortage of funds for organizing defense. He said that there is no
                  money even for the ticket to Budapest, not to mention about funds for
                  "special measures". In short, the advocate made it clear that if he
                  were not paid in addition, he would not use his contacts in Budapest,
                  which would add two more years to Safarov's imprisonment period. This
                  provoked the indignation of Safarov's parents. The murderer's mother -
                  Nyubar Safarova says that Ismailov deliberately exaggerates in order
                  to rip off more money.

                  Here one can ask the following question: where are those huge sums of
                  money which were collected on the account of "Ramil Safarov's support
                  fund", created in Baku yet at the beginning of last year? Baku press
                  has let out that after a couple of weeks since the opening of the
                  account, there were already 100.000 dollars on the balance. It is
                  not known how much money was collected during the following weeks
                  and months because after the warnings from competent organs, Azeri
                  papers stopped publishing concrete figures.

                  Taking into account the biased appraisals contained in the last two
                  judicial-psychiatric examinations and unofficial relations between
                  advocate Ismailov and the authors of examinations, it is easy to
                  guess why the fund has run short of money so quickly.

                  "PanARMENIAN.Net" analytical department
                  "All truth passes through three stages:
                  First, it is ridiculed;
                  Second, it is violently opposed; and
                  Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                  Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


                  • #10
                    Pitiful Attempts To Present Safarov As National Avenger And Hero Are Merely Ridiculou


                    Pan Armenian
                    11.01.2006 20:17 GMT+04:00

                    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Already in the period of the preliminary
                    investigation on the case of murder of the Armenian officer Azeri
                    lawyer Adil Ismaylov told the press that the defense will build on
                    the following thesis: "Until the Karabakh conflict is not solved,
                    events like this can repeat." Armenian MOD representative on the case
                    of murder of Gurgen Margaryan Hayk Demoyan stated it when answering
                    a question on aptitude of the defense tactics of R.

                    Safarov, which apparently comes to politicization of the trial,
                    reported IA Regnum. In Demoyan's words, Azeri MP Siyavuzh Novruzov
                    stated in the presence of Terri Davis that such events are not ruled
                    out even in the CE, thus apparently horrifying the British guest. "And
                    no one at that asked himself a question which are the dividends for
                    Azeris at the international arena, when they act that way. References
                    to the "occupation" of lands and "one million" refugees have become
                    boring to the world. At that Azerbaijan does not want to hear about
                    the lot of over half a million Armenian refugees and contemporary
                    Azerbaijan including historical Armenian territories, proofs of which
                    official Baku continues destroying," the Armenian MOD representative

                    As of Safarov, Hayk Demoyan said the text of his interrogation makes
                    one understand he was not there when Armenian self-defense detachments
                    were suppressing weapon emplacements in Jabrail. It is not out of
                    place to notice that the operation in Jabrail region was held in
                    summer 1993 after Azeri troops broke the agreement on cease-fire and
                    involved hundreds of Afghan mojahedins as foreign press reported. Just
                    as during the operation on neutralization of weapon emplacements in
                    Khojalu, Armenian forces here also provided a corridor for peaceful
                    population to leave. Thus, in his words, one can state that the
                    counter-offensive was also of counter-terrorist nature.

                    According to Hayk Demoyan, pitiful attempts to present Safarov as
                    a national avenger and hero are merely ridiculous at least because
                    owing to his fear he was only able to attack and deal with the Armenian
                    officer only when he was asleep and having bought and ground his ax. In
                    his words, anti-Armenianism ranks as state ideology in contemporary
                    Azerbaijan. "They will realize the malignancy and unfruitfulness
                    of that policy in the future. The state, which officially practices
                    hatred and xenophobia, does not have a future. How can one speak of
                    peace and co-existence of Armenians and Azeris in the future against
                    the background of the anti-Armenian Sabbath?" stated the Armenian
                    MOD representative.
                    "All truth passes through three stages:
                    First, it is ridiculed;
                    Second, it is violently opposed; and
                    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)