Some fifty American Armenians demonstrated at the Hungarian embassy in Washington, DC, on Sunday local time against the transfer home of Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an Armenian in Budapest.
Aram Hamparian, executive director of Armenian National Committee of America, welcomed the US Department of State’s condemnation of Safarov’s transfer and the fact that he was released with a presidential pardon after arriving home on August 31. He told MTI that Hungarian Ambassador Gyorgy Szapary would receive representatives of his organisation on Monday.
Armenian portal news.am reported early on Monday that the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament is scheduled to discuss Safarov’s extradition at a meeting on Thursday. Austrian MP and member of the committee Ulrike Lunacek was quoted saying that they will demand from the Azerbaijani authorities to revoke Safarov’s higher military rand which recognised him as a national hero and to imprison him.
The Hungarian parliament and government must demand a written explanation fromAzerbaijan’s authorities about the reasons why Baku broke its promise to continue Safarov’s sentence.
“By trusting Azerbaijan’s promises, the government of Hungary made a mistake in this matter. Azerbaijan’s authorities and President Ilham Aliyev bear responsibility for the current regional tension,” she added.
Monday’s daily Nepszava reported that Hungary’s claims that the government acted in good faith when transferring Safarov home might be untrue. The paper quoted Ali M. Hasanov, national adviser to the President of Azerbaijan, who told news portal Media-forum that the Hungarian authorities had known that Safarov would be released after his transfer home.
Members of parliament’s constitutional committee will be given access to documents relating Safarov’s transfer, the committee’s chairman Laszlo Salamon, of the co-ruling Christian Democrats, said on Monday quoting a letter by Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics.
Salamon said committee member Gergely Barandy, of the main opposition Socialists, had reqested acess to the documents.