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Hungary had not only acted in good faith when it repatriated the Azeri convicted for murdering an Armenian, but did so according to European legal and civilized norms, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public radio in an interview broadcast on Friday.
Orban told Kossuth Radio that the events surrounding the current dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia were not about Hungary but about two other countries. "This dispute is not about us … this is not our conflict, this is not Hungary's interest."
He added that it was in Hungary's interest to "stay out of this conflict, and this is now the case."
Hungary can be proud of its cabinet, which followed transparent European legal practice well known to all, Orban said. If a state guarantees in writing that they will continue the sentence of a criminal convicted in Hungary, then Hungary will transfer the person.
"If we get a written statement, then we will fulfil the request," Orban said.
Ramil Safarov, an Azeri officer sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for brutally killing an Armenian officer in Budapest in 2004, was extradited to Azerbaijan on Aug 31 and pardoned by the Azeri President once back home.