PUBLIC FIGURE: AZERBAIJAN WILLING TO BLACKMAIL HUNGARY OVER SAFAROV’S CASE
August 30, 2012 – 16:31 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Azerbaijan seeks to achieve release of Armenian
officer’s assassin Ramil Safarov through offering financial support
to Hungary, RA first human rights defender said.
“Negative political developments have recently been recorded in
Hungary, such as shift from democracy into authoritarianism and
disastrous economic situation,” Larisa Alaverdyan said, deeming
Safarov’s extradition from Hungary possible.
In this context, Ms. Alaverdyan cited several media publications
expressing Azerbaijan’s readiness to redeem Hungary’s state bonds at
the amount of $2-3 bln.
“It’s noteworthy that Azerbaijan’s corrupt activities were mentioned
in reports by international and European institutions. Such procedures
can’t be termed as mere coincidence,” she said, adding that Hungary’s
political elite entered into disgraceful relations with Azerbaijan
through Turkey’s mediation.
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 NATO-sponsored Partnership for
On April 13, 2006, Budapest District Court sentenced Safarov to life
in prison for murdering Margaryan. On February 22, 2007, Budapest
Court rejected the Azerbaijani military officer’s appeal against the
verdict, precluding possibility of pardon for the initial 30 years.
By a decree of then-President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, officer
Margaryan was awarded with a posthumous Medal for Courage on February