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BUDAPEST. - The extradition of the Azerbaijani lieutenant Ramil Safarov, who has axed Armenian servicemen Gurgen Margaryan in the latter’s sleep at the English language courses organized by the NATO in 2004, might have been a part of a secret deal between the Hungarian and the Azerbaijani governments amounting to 3 billion euro, Hungarian media outlets report.

The Azerbaijani side has for many times turned to the Hungarian authorities asking to extradite its murderer, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Hungarian court for having killed the Armenian serviceman Margaryan, but was rejected all the time. Hungary had motivated rejections by claiming that it does not have enough bases that Safarov will indeed continue being in prison in Azerbaijan, the leading Hungarian newspaper World Economy Weekly (HVG) reports.

 In response to a question, what made Hungary change its mind, the official figures keep silent. The two ministries of Justice are not likely to deal with the issue so much as it is exclusively of economic character, another Hungarian publication reports.

"Hungary has consistently refused extradition of Ramil Safarov, precisely because he was due to rehabilitate Azerbaijan, it is inconceivable that the Ministry of Justice had not been aware of this,” expert Andras Racz said. "We have released the 'ax murderer' and extradited him to authoritarian Azerbaijan, where he was made a national hero. This will be very difficult to explain to the Western public opinion."

So where are the real reasons making the Hungarian authorities reject the justice and in fact approve the immediate release of the Azerbaijani lieutenant Safarov, having axed the Armenian serviceman Margaryan in sleep, just because he was an Armenian?

The curtain unveils some secret events, having occurred a week ago on Aug. 24. Head of the Government Debt Management Agency Laszlo Andras Borbely has openly talked about the possibility that the Azerbaijani side may purchase the Hungarian government bonds for 3 billion euro, which will allow the Hungarian authorities be less dependent from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

A day earlier on Aug. 23, a Hungarian influential newspaper Népszabadság published ‘excellent news’ adding that ‘Azerbaijani government revenues from oil exports will benefit the Hungarian state.’ According to the newspaper’s source in the Hungarian economy Ministry, the Azerbaijani authorities will purchase the Hungarian governmental bonds for 2 to 3 billion euro, which will weaken the IMF’s pressure on Hungary. Besides, it will grant an opportunity to the Hungarian authorities to maneuver in the talks with the IMF and the EU, with the latter Hungary is going to sign another important agreement.

Earlier Hungary has already tried to receive financial assistance from the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure greater independence in negotiations with the IMF and the EU, Index reports.

However, Hungary failed and started searching a new source. The “Turkish brothers” expressed readiness to mediate the talks between Hungary and Azerbaijan. As the newspaper claims, talks were run for several months mediated by Turkey. Anyway, on Aug. 2 Turkish official source informed Reuters that talks stalled. Undoubtedly, the Azerbaijani side required additional dividends for investing 3 billion euro and it could serve only the murderer’s release.

According to Andrew Laszlo Borbely, if Safarov’s release was a part of the aforesaid deal between the Hungarian and the Azerbaijani governments, it will lead to the loss of international image as well as economic losses in relation to further loss of confidence in the economic benefits of taking the bond underwriting.

“Only one can be worse than this, if the deal after all is concluded,” Hungarian expert added.

The Azerbaijani Embassy in Hungary commented on the last detail of the deal regarding the rehabilitation of the killer. The Azerbaijani consular to Hungary Aman Imanov stated that after Safarov’s extradition to Baku, the Azerbaijan authorities had the right to reconsider the court’s decision.

“Anyone who follows the Hungarian-Azerbaijani relations could notice that the cooperation areas enlarged, while the [Hungarian] PM Viktor Orbán has twice visited Baku recently,” the Azerbaijani envoy added.

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