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Next session of court on Vagif Khachatryan's criminal case starts

24 October 2023 10:41 (UTC+04:00)
Next session of court on Vagif Khachatryan's criminal case starts
Qabil Ashirov
Qabil Ashirov
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The next session of the court on the criminal case of Vagif Khachatryan Cherkezovich has started today, Azernews reports.

He is accused of committing genocide in Meshali village of Khojaly district as part of illegal Armenian armed groups.

According to the received information, Zeynal Agayev, Chairman of the Baku Military Court, will preside over the court session.

It should be noted that the rapporteur on the criminal case is Judge Jamal Ramazanov.

In the last proceedings, the court investigation has started, and the prosecutor has announced the indictment. Later, the accused person and the victims of the case were interrogated in court.

It should be noted that Armenian citizen Vagif Khachatryan Cherkezovich, who had been wanted internationally in connection with the Meshali genocide, was detained at the Lachin border checkpoint in July 2023. The criminal group, of which he was a member, killed 25 Azerbaijanis, injured 14 people, and displaced 358 Azerbaijanis from their legal residence in Meshali village of Khojaly district in December 1991.

The 103rd paragraph of the Criminal Code against him (Genocide: killing members of a group with the aim of destroying any national, ethnic, racial, or religious group, as a group in whole or in part, seriously harming the health of the members of the group or seriously harming their mental capacity) and the 107th paragraph (Deportation or forced relocation of the population: expelling the population to a country other than their legal location or displacing them with other forced actions) were announced, and a pretrial detention measure was chosen.

A total of 59 people were recognized as victims in the criminal case.

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