European Parliament President Calls Safarov’s Pardon Politically Mot


5 September, 2012

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 5, ARMENPRESS: European Parliament President
Martin Schulz made a statement after Ramil Safarov was pardoned by
Azerbaijan’s President.

As Armenpress was informed at the press center of the European
Parliament, President Schulz stated: “The convention on the transfer
of sentenced people should not be abused for political purpose. I
am disturbed by what appears to be a politically motivated pardon of
Mr Safarov by the President of Azerbaijan. At the same time, I urge
Azerbaijan and Armenia to avoid any moves and statements that might
exacerbate the situation.”

On February 19 of 2004 in Budapest Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov
slayed with an ax Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan when the latter
was sleeping. The two officers were taking part in English language
courses in framework of NATO program in Budapest. Hungarian court
sentenced Ramil Safarov to life imprisonment, without a right to
be pardoned during the first 30 years in jail. On August 31 of
2012 Hungarian authorities made a decision to extradite Safarov to
Azerbaijan where he was immediately pardoned by the president of
Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov. As a result of this Hungarian-Azerbaijani
deal Armenia suspended diplomatic relations with Hungary.