Hungarian CC president apologizes for Azeri axe-murderer extradition

Hungarian CC president apologizes for Azeri axe-murderer extradition

PanARMENIAN.Net - The sentence passed upon for the Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov was not severe at all, president of the Hungarian Constitutional Court Péter Paczolay has stated.

“Surprisingly, some officials and even diplomats eyed the verdict as severe. However, no sentence can be severe for someone who murdered a sleeping person. Moreover, after extradition to Azerbaijan, the criminal was welcomed as a hero instead of being put behind bars,” Mr. Paczolay said.

“On behalf of my country, I apologize to the Armenian people,’ he said.

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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