Hungarian Justice Ministry: We acted according to the law
Saturday, September 1, 19:40
Ramil Safarov's extradition was in line with the international law, says the Hungarian Public Administration and Justice Ministry.
The Ministry explains that first sentenced to life in jail, Safarov has now been extradited according to the Convention on Transfer of Sentenced Persons. A signatory of the Convention can extradite a sentenced person to another member if that person wants to be extradited, with the authorities of the recipient country having the right to continue enforcing the sentence or to change it by a legal or administrative decision.
The Azeri Justice Ministry says the same, adding that the country a sentenced person is extradited to has the right to pass whatever decision it deems necessary.
Earlier Armenian Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan expressed indignation at the verdict of the Hungarian authorities. He said that the European values are universal and one of them is humanity. Murder has always been a crime requiring severe punishment and Ramil Safarov is a murderer. The Convention on Transfer of Sentenced Persons allows a person to be extradited, but no less important value in Europe is justice and inevitability of punishment.
"You should have known that you were extraditing a person who had committed an ethnic murder and would be made a hero in his country and that it would be a slap in the face for your judiciary and the whole system of European values," Tovmasyan said in his address to his Hungarian counterpart.
"If I were you, I would resign. But even if you resign, the family of Gurgen Margaryan and the whole Armenian nation will always remember you as a person who has set free an assassin," Tovmasyan said.