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The Forum of Armenian Associations in Europe (FAAE) is taking measures to contribute to the transfer of the Safarov case to the International Court of Justice (the Hague) and the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg), FAAE Chairman Ashot Grigorian said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
He said that the FAAE lawyers have studied the case and found out that Safarov's actions had been planned beforehand. According to the plan, he should have been released from the Budapest court as early as in 2005, however, the Armenian Diaspora managed to prevent that. In the meantime, Grigorian pointed out that the Safarov case cannot be transferred to the Hague Court by the FAAE, as it must be done at the state level only. So, Armenia should apply for that, he added.
To recall, on Aug 31 the Azeri officer Ramil Safarov sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for killing sleeping Armenian officer Gourgen Margaryan with an axe in Budapest in 2004, was extradited to Azerbaijan. The same day Azeri President Ilham Aliyev decreed to pardon the criminal and promote him in the rank. For this reason, Armenia suspended the diplomatic relations with Hungary.