November 29
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Azerbaijani media have publicized photos from the arrest of the former president of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Arayik Harutyunyan.

Azerbaijani media had reported about Harutyunyan’s arrest on Tuesday.

Arayik Harutyunyan was taken into custody in Artsakh capital Stepanakert.

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Earlier, Azerbaijan announced that an international arrest warrant was issued for the former president of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, and the former commander of the Artsakh Defense Army, Jalal Harutyunyan. The prosecutor general of Azerbaijan announced that this international arrest warrant was issued "in connection with the rocket fire against the civilian population of Ganja and the killing of civilians during the 44-day war [in 2020]."

Earlier on Tuesday, it became known that the former presidents of Artsakh, Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan, as well as the speaker of the Artsakh National Assembly, Davit Ishkhanyan, were arrested by Azerbaijan.

And a few days ago, the Azerbaijani forces abducted and captured former Minister of State of Artsakh Ruben Vardanyan, former commander of the Defense Army Levon Mnatsakanyan, and former first deputy commander of the Defense Army Davit Manukyan on their way to Armenia. All of them are in Azerbaijani capital Baku now, and they have been imprisoned for four months on more than a dozen trumped-up charges.

David Babayan, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh and advisor to the president, is also in Azerbaijani captivity, and he has been charged with made-up accusations under around 20 articles of the Azerbaijani criminal code. Babayan had announced that he was voluntarily going to Shush to turn himself to the Azerbaijani law enforcement, as Baku had demanded it, threatening that otherwise, problems would arise for the people of Artsakh.

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