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Azerbaijani President had no legal right to pardon Safarov – expert - PanARMENIAN.Net

Azerbaijani President had no legal right to pardon Safarov – expert

Azerbaijani President had no legal right to pardon Safarov – expert

PanARMENIAN.Net - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev did not possess any legal right to pardon the Armenian officer’s murderer Ramil Safarov, an Azeri expert says.

According to professor Khanlar Alikperov, whose comments appeared on Contact.az website, in compliance with the article 82.3 of Azerbaijan’s criminal code, life sentence can be replaced by a 25-year prison term only.

“Thus, President Aliyev did not have the right to pardon a person who had been sentenced to life. The best what he could do for the convict is to cut the service term to 25 years,” Alikperov says.

Gurgen Margaryan

On February 19, 2004, 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 Partnership for Peace NATO-sponsored program. In accordance with Budapest District Court sentence dated April 13, 2006, Ramil Safarov was life imprisoned for murdering the Armenian officer.

On February 22, 2007, Budapest Court rejected the Azerbaijani military officer's appeal against a life sentence. The appeal court ruled that the decision brought by Budapest District Court against 30-year-old Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, should stand.

On August 31, 2012, Hungary extradited Safarov back to Azerbaijan, where he was promptly pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev.

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