At least 80 Armenian captives kept off the record by Azerbaijan, warns expert


YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 30, ARMENPRESS. The actual number of Armenian captives held in Azerbaijan is a lot higher than Baku has officially acknowledged, prominent lawyer and international law expert Siranush Sahakyan has said.

Azerbaijan has so far officially confirmed that it holds 55 Armenians captive. These captives are civilians, POWs, and political prisoners, Sahakyan said at a press conference on November 30.

According to Sahakyan, this figure includes 6 civilians, 41 prisoners of war and 8 high-ranking ex-politicians and ex-military officials, who are considered to be political prisoners. “But this is just the number of officialized captives,” Sahakyan said, adding that Azerbaijan is actually holding at least 80 more Armenians captive, both civilians and POWs, and hasn’t officially confirmed this.