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Hungarian Foreign Ministry appeals against the pardon of Safarov2012-09-03 11:46
Budapest has filde a protest against Baku's decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, who murdered an Armenian officer in 2004, the RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.gt-en-newsitem-inside
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Zsolt Nemeth handed a note of protest to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Budapest on Sunday.
Hungary accuses Azerbaijan of violating previous agreements under which Safarov was to continue to serve prison term at home, and the possibility of parole could be granted only after 25 years from begining of detention.
Hungarian Foreign Ministry said the decision to pardon Safarov, who was sentenced to life in prison, was unacceptable.
On the eve, President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree to pardon Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced by Hungarian court to life imprisonment in Budapest, the Trend reported.
Safarov, 35, returned to Azerbaijan on Friday. In 2004, he participated in NATO exercises in Hungary, and was charged with murder of Gurgen Markarian who had insulted Azerbaijani flag. By the verdict of the Budapest court Safarov was sentenced to life imprisonment without the right of pardon for 30 years. However, on the eve, Hungary extradited Safarov to Azerbaijan, and later he was pardoned by the order of Aliyev.
This caused a sharp reaction in Yerevan. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated about the suspension of diplomatic relations and all official relations with Hungary.