Facts on the Murder of Gourgen Margaryan and Conviction of Ramil Safarov:
- January, 2004 Armenian Liutenant Gourgen Margaryan traveled to Budapest, Hungary to participate in a NATO “Partnership for Peace” Program including representatives from post Soviet and Eastern European countries.
- Azeri participant Liutenant Ramil Safarov brutally murdered Margaryan while he slept, delivering16 ax blows to his face and head, practically severing his head and stabbing him in the chest several times.
- In 2006 a Hungarian court found Safarov guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment, citing premeditation and extreme cruelty. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4907552.stm]
- On August 31, 2012 the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary issued a statement that pursuant to the 1983 Strasbourg Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons - Safarov was transfered to Azerbaijan in order to serve his sentence in Azerbaijan. The decision was based on the assurance from The Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan that Safarov’s sentence will not be converted but will immediately be continued to be enforced. [http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-public-administration-and-justice/news/ramil-sahib-safarov-s-sentence-will-continue-to-be-enforced-by-azerbaijan]
- Under the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan the act for which the sentence was imposed constitutes a criminal offence that may be punished by life imprisonment. Furthermore, persons sentenced to life imprisonment may, at the earliest, be conditionally released after serving a period of twenty-five years.
- The Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons cited by the Hungarian Ministry contains a clause which allows parties to give pardons and amnesty to transferred prisoners. A fact which the Hungarian government MUST have been aware of. [http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/112.htm]
- Immediately upon his arrival in Baku, Safarov was issued a pardon from Azeri President Aliyev and greeted as a national hero. [http://en.president.az/articles/5596]
- In protest of this irresponsible and immoral decision, the Republic of Armenia has suspended all diplomatic ties with Hungary. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19440661]
- In another move that will infuriate Armenia, Azerbaijan also reinstated Safarov to the army and promoted him to the rank of major.
“Defence Minister Safar Abiyev received him, handed him his new rank and wished him success in his future military service,” a defence ministry statement said. [http://www.france24.com/en/20120901-armenians-burn-hungary-flags-over-killers-return]
The disregard for rule of law from Azerbaijan would be expected, but the blatent carlessness and cowardice from the Hungarian government is shameful.