ICRC declines to comment on Armenian captive death

ICRC declines to comment on Armenian captive death

PanARMENIAN.Net - Azerbaijan has informed the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the death of Armenian citizen Karen Petrosyan, who crossed the border Thursday, Aug 7, according to a representative of ICRC Yerevan Office.

“As an independent mediator, the ICRC stays in contact with the Armenian authorities and the family of the deceased,” Zara Amatuni told Panorama.am. “All the issues are being discussed confidentially and are not meant for public.”

Amatuni refused to comment on the possibility of return of the captive’s body to Armenia.

Petrosyan ‘died suddenly’ in Baku on Friday, after what Azerbaijan said was a cardiovascular collapse.

Resident of Armenian border village of Chinari (Tavush province) Petrosyan was captured Thursday. Being not sober, he presumably lost his way and crossed the border when searching for wood. According to some Armenian media reports, Petrosyan often drank to excess.

Azerbaijan branded Petrosyan, who can hardly read and write, a saboteur.

It’s noteworthy that the photos taken immediately after the captivity show the 31-year-old man in sportswear. However, afterwards, he got into khaki. Besides, Azerbaijanis said they found pictures of weapons in his cell phone.

Meanwhile, head of Chinari village administration said Petrosyan’s phone was outdated and didn’t even have a camera.

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