By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev, who is held in Armenian captivity, has experienced serious health problems and was hospitalized in Yerevan.
Guliyev’s relative informed Report that Shahbaz Guliyev will stay in the hospital in Yerevan for a month.
Shahbaz Guliyev together with another Azerbaijani Dilgam Asgarov is kept hostage by Armenian militaries in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan for more than three years. They were detained by the Armenian armed forces in July 2014 while visiting their native places and graves of loved ones in the occupied Azerbaijani Kalbajar region. Moreover, Armenian forces killed the third Azerbaijani, Hasan Hasanov.
Later, Guliyev and Asgarov were judged illegally by the unrecognized courts of a separatist regime in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. Following an expedited “judicial process” in December 2015, Asgarov was sentenced to life imprisonment and Guliyev to 22 years. Attempts of Azerbaijan to provide justice and to free the hostages are still unsuccessful.
“We were shown video containing Shahbaz Guliyev’s speech. He said that he had undergone a surgery on gallbladder. After surgery he had serious health problems, and he was put in a hospital after a month,” the relative said on October 2.
“Shahbaz said he had problems with the digestive system, he can't eat. The food is not normally absorbed.”
Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Affairs of Refugees and IDPs, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons and other agencies have repeatedly urged international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, to assist in release of Guliyev and Asgarov, whilst the problem remains topical yet.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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