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Head of the Azerbaijani Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly Elkhan Suleymanov has addressed the President of the European Parliament, Leaders of Political Groups, Members of the European Parliament, Co-chairs of EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly, Members of EURONEST from Eastern Partnership countries.
According to APA, he drew their attention to the position of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Euronest-PA, with regard to the issue of Ramil Safarov.
The letter says: "Firstly, whereas this case may have raised some emotional reactions, it is obvious that from a legal point of view - being confirmed by all international authorities - the transfer of Ramil Safarov by Hungary to Azerbaijan was carried out under the "European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons", to which both countries are signatories.
Secondly, Article 12 of the above-mentioned European Convention allows explicitly any member country to grant pardon, amnesty or commutation of the sentence in accordance with its Constitution or national legislation.
Thus, the transfer procedure as well as the subsequent pardon is in full conformity with the European Convention and all international legal standards,"
Suleymanov believes that the resolution adopted by the European Parliament is contrary to the EP's rule 122 and was a surprise for Azerbaijan, who is always ready to comply with Europe's recommendations.
To remind, Sept 14 the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the extradition and pardon of Rami Safarov, an Azeri officer who brutally killed an Armenian officer during a training course in Budapest in 2004 and was therefore sentenced to life in jail.