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Gabil Huseynli about Margaryan: such officer is not worth a brass farthing

05.09.2012  |  12:28

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The other day the scandal between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out. Its reason was the extradition and subsequent release of Ramil Safarov, sentenced for the murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan. President Aliyev was accused of that by releasing Safarov he thus encouraged such killings in the eyes of the public. In response, the Azerbaijani experts remind that Armenia has repeatedly helped citizens to avoid punishment for more serious crimes than Safarov did. For example, the terrorist attacks against the citizens of France.

Extradition of Ramil Safarov and his subsequent pardon has caused uproar in Armenia. Baku initially anticipated such a reaction. "In Azerbaijan we are accustomed to the fact that Armenians need special attitude, even when they break the law or violate the rights of others", the analyst Gabil Huseynli says. "We know that the Armenian side is not shy in expressions against Ramil Safarov. They are motivated by the fact that he killed the Armenian officer at night. But in this case it is necessary to remember how the murder was committed",the expert says.

Huseynli recalls that Armenian soldier Margaryan together with his colleague repeatedly insulted Safarov. "It got to the point that Margaryan tried to clean his boots with Azerbaijani flag. And this was the last straw for the guy, who came from the occupied Jabrail region of Azerbaijan, who had lost in the Karabakh war about thirty of his relatives, more than half of whom were women and children. He warned Margaryan that he would "talk" to him at night. And if Margaryan was not ready for such a "talk", then such officer is not worth a brass farthing", the analyst concludes.

The confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan remembers many cases of dastardly murder of Azerbaijani civilians by Armenian aggressors. "Only this year, the Armenian officers killed two children. And they dare to speak of humanity and the impossibility of liberating such officers as Ramil Safarov", the MP Aydin Mirzazade says. History knows dozens, even hundreds cases of the release of Armenian terrorists. In Armenia, they are officially called heroes, Mirzazade recalls.

In support to the deputy's words, and in response to those states that have expressed their concern now, here are some facts. Thus, in 1989, France liberated terrorist Malko Melkonyan. As a result of his attack on the Turkish Consulate one diplomat was killed and another diplomat and several bystanders were wounded. Then, in Armenia, Melkonian was awarded the title of the Hero of the country. The same terrorist took part in the genocide of the Azerbaijanis in the town of Khojaly.

In 2001, the U.S. extradited to Armenia Varujan Karapetyan, a terrorist who had committed terrorist attack in Paris Orly Airport in 1984. The blast killed eight people, four of whom were French citizens. The then President Robert Kocharyan signed a decree to pardon him before the aircraft with Karapetyan landed in Yerevan.

In contrast to these people, Safarov committed murder, not a terrorist act, said political analyst Gabil Huseynli. And the issue of release or keeping a person who has committed a crime behind the bars - this is the prerogative of the President of the country where he is serving a sentence (in this case - President Ilham Aliyev, Ed.).

Ramil Safarov was extradited to Azerbaijan under the European Convention on Extradition of 1957. Both Azerbaijan and Hungary support this convention, and the procedure for issuing of Safarov fully corresponds to the document, said the lawyer Gabil Iskenderov. As for the release of Safarov from the criminal responsibility, this right is defined in the Constitution and relevant laws of Azerbaijan. This means that in this case, Ilham Aliyev exercised his legal right. This is the right of the head of state in all countries, without exception, Iskenderov completes his thought.


Nadir Shafiev


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