Azeri axe-murderer’s release doesn’t increase chance for new war - expert

Azeri axe-murderer’s release doesn’t increase chance for new war - expert

PanARMENIAN.Net - The unwritten law stipulating for heroization of the assassins of Armenians in Turkey and Azerbaijan has grown into a full-fledged state policy, a military expert said, commenting on recent release of Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov.

According to David Jamalyan, “Azerbaijan will always pose a threat to Armenia. Facts prove that only an unprotected Armenian is vulnerable to Azeri treachery, which is why a strong army deployed along the country’s border is crucial uncer the circumstances.”

“Artsakh must be announced a security zone, with its current borders retained. A security zone cannot be given up to a state pursuing a policy of Armenophobia. The liberated territories are of utmost importance in preservation of strategic safety,” the expert said.

Jamalyan, however, disagrees that Safarov extradition has increased the possibility of a new war. “For a new war to break out, a change in the balance of forces must occur. However, neither Artsakh defense army, nor Armenia’s armed forces are weakening, but rather going stronger day by day,” the expert said, citing the armies’ successfully repelling numerous Azeri attacks as an example.

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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