ANCA Shares Armenian American Outrage Over Safarov Extradition With

ANCA SHARES ARMENIAN AMERICAN OUTRAGE OVER SAFAROV EXTRADITION WITH HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE US

armradio.am
12.09.2012 11:28

During a meeting at the Hungarian Embassy with Ambassador Gyorgy
Szapary, an Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) delegation
shared the Armenian American community’s outrage over the Hungarian
government’s decision to transfer to Baku convicted Azerbaijani
axe-murderer Ramil Safarov, despite the clear indications that he
would, upon his arrival, be pardoned for his crime and praised as a
national hero.

The ANCA delegation criticized the weak response from Budapest
regarding Azerbaijan’s pardon and promotion of a proud and unrepentant
Safarov, who was, until his extradition, serving a life sentence
in Hungary for the 2004 brutal axe-murder of Lt. Gurgen Margaryan,
in his sleep, during a NATO English language training program.

In calling upon the Hungarian government for an open apology and a
meaningful condemnation of Baku’s shameful actions, the ANCA expressed,
during the course of an hour-long meeting, the full range of the
community’s concerns, including the following three points:

1) It is not credible for the Hungarian government to argue that it
was unaware of the obvious “pardon” loophole in its extradition treaty.

2) It is not credible for the Hungarian government to argue that it was
unaware of the Azerbaijani government’s public praise of Ramil Safarov
as a national hero, or the very high likelihood that this killer
would be released by Ilham Aliyev if he were transferred to Baku.

3) It is not credible for the Hungarian government to argue that it was
unaware that its actions would contribute to emboldening Azerbaijan to
escalate its threats and acts of violence, de-stablizing the region,
and setting back the cause of peace.

From: Baghdasarian

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