February 29
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“We will not stop our actions toward restoring justice. We are planning on holding a demonstration in front of Azerbaijan’s embassy in Berlin,” Berlin-based Working Group “Affirmation” Against Genocide, for Reconciliation Chairwoman Tessa Hofmann—who had organized a demonstration before the Hungarian embassy in Berlin on September 8 —told Armenian  

“True, first and foremost the Hungarian government—in the person of its PM Viktor Orbán—is accountable for this shameful story, but, on the other hand, the Azerbaijani authorities bear responsibility, too,” Hofmann noted.  

The aforesaid Working Group had sent a letter to the German FM, and requested a clarification of official Berlin’s position with respect to what has transpired. And the reply letter stated that the German government does not doubt the Hungarian authorities’ claim that Azerbaijan had promised official Budapest that Ramil Safarov will continue to serve his sentence in Baku.  

“We are not satisfied by this response. We are planning on holding protests also in front of European Union representations in Berlin. The Central Council of German Armenians is with us in this matter,” Tessa Hofmann added.  

Armenian reported earlier that Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant in the Azerbaijani military, was extradited on August 31 from Hungary, where he was serving a life sentence—and with no expression of either regret or remorse—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.

As expected, 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.

And Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan announced on August 31 that Armenia is suspending its diplomatic ties with Hungary.    

Ramil Safarov’s pardoning is condemned by virtually all international organizations.

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