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Court reviews Armenian saboteur's appeal

9 June 2015 13:53 (UTC+04:00)
Court reviews Armenian saboteur's appeal

By Sara Rajabova

The Ganja Court of Appeal held a meeting on the appeal of Armenian saboteur, Arsen Bagdasaryan, on June 8, local media reported.

The Armenian saboteur, who crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line in a provocative move, was sentenced to 15 years in prison during a court session on May 5.

The Armenian saboteur’s appeal against the court decsion was heard during the meeting presided over by Judge Teyyub Mukhtarov.

Bagdasaryan, a professional soldier of an Armenian saboteur group, was captured by Azerbaijani servicemen in Aghdam region on December 26, 2014. After being taken hostage, he was subsequently handed over to the authorities to be charged for the crimes he committed.

According to witnesses' testimony, two more saboteurs were next to Bagdasaryan during the incursion but they managed to escape. They added that Bagdasaryan first introduced himself as Vazgen Grigoryan, but later on into the investigation revealed his real name and surname.

A criminal case against the Armenian saboteur was filed upon articles 29,120.2.7, 29,120.2.12 and 29,282.2 of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code.

The Armenian servicemen regularly attempt to cross the contact line between the two conflicting sides, resorting to the provocation and aggravating the situation on frontline.

Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

As a result of the military aggression of Armenia, over 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed, 4,866 are reported missing and almost 100,000 were injured, and 50,000 were disabled.

The UN Security Council has passed four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territory, but they have not been enforced to this day.

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Sara Rajabova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @SaraRajabova

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