September 24
Show news feed

A group of Hungarian intellectuals visited on Wednesday the tomb of Gurgen Margaryan killed by Azerbaijani Ramil Safarov.

Professor, journalist and publisher Gabor Deak, pastor Gabor Ivanyi, political analyst Zoltan Biro and engineer Rudolf Ungvari arrived in Yerevan to apologize for actions of Hungarian government.

Gurgen Margaryan’s relatives, representatives of the Defense Ministry, cadets of military academies and students participated in the ceremony. They were carrying “We demand justice” and other posters.

“We came here to show we feel shame that the murderer was released. It was a horrendous murder, especially taking into account the fact that crime was committed during a program aimed at establishing peace,”  Gabor Ivanyi emphasized.

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.

This text available in   Հայերեն and Русский