April 17
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Demonstrations were staged in Marseille and Provence cities, in connection with Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev’s visit to France, Nouvelles d’Arménie monthly of France reports.        

The protesters stated that French President François Hollande on Tuesday will receive that person who released Ramil Safarov and declared him a hero, once Safarov was extradited by Hungary.    

Close to two-hundred Marseille residents joined numerous political and religious figures. In their speeches, the local government representatives expressed their resentment over the current situation and called upon the French President to do everything possible to restore justice.  

The demonstrators also called everyone to take part in the rally that will be held in front of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in France, which will get underway Tuesday at 6pm local time. 

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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