Armenia has filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on
murderer Rafil Safarov's case, Deputy Justice Minister said.
private complaint has been filed by legal successors of deceased officer
Gurgen Margaryan and representatives of Hayk Makuchyan.
current stage, given the fact of a personal complaint, Armenian
authorities refrain from taking steps, but in due time the Armenian side
will take an active part in the proceedings as the third party, Deputy
Minister Ruben Melikyan told reporters.
The complaint refers to
violations of Article 2 (right to life) and 14 (prohibition of
discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The working
group engaged in preparing the complaint, involved local and foreign
experts, including attorney Nazeli Vardanyan representing the Armenian
side during trial in Budapest.
Melikyan noted this is an
unprecedented case for the European Court, taking into account the
committed crime. Armenian side hopes for an adequate response, he added.
Safarov, a lieutenant in the Azerbaijani military, was extradited on
August 31, 2012 from Hungary, where he was serving a life sentence?ˆ”and
with no expression of either regret or remorse?ˆ”for the premeditated axe
murder of Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a
NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest back in 2004. Safarov had
planned on killing the other Armenian military serviceman, who likewise
was attending the aforesaid program, but he was unable to carry out
Ramil Safarov's return to Baku was welcomed, as was his
act of murder, by the officials of president Ilham Aliyev's government
and much of Azerbaijani society, and the Azerbaijani president
immediately granted him a pardon, he was declared a national hero,
promoted to a higher military rank, and was allocated housing and
And Armenia?ˆ™s President Serzh Sargsyan announced on
August 31, 2012 that Armenia is suspending its diplomatic ties with
Hungary. Also, Sargsyan instructed the Ministry of Justice to take all
measures to petition to the international judicial tribunals, and with
respect to the Safarov case.? ? ? ?
Ramil Safarov?ˆ™s pardoning was condemned by virtually all international organizations.