Armenian Captive Hakob Injighulyan Sent to Third Country

Hakop Injighulyan on Azerbaijani television

BAKU—Armenian soldier Hakob Injighulyan, who has been in Azerbaijani captivity since August 2013, has been handed over to a third country, Tert.am reported Thursday, quoting Injighulyan’s brother Harutyun.

“He was sent on August 26, but we learned about it yesterday,” he said, adding that the family has not yet talked to Hakob.

The Armenian Office of the International Committee of the Red Crossed informed Injighulyan’s relatives about the move.

In 2013, on the night of August 7, Hakob Injighulyan, an Armenian citizen and an army conscript, crossed the Azeri border and was subsequently captured by Azeri soldiers. According to preliminary information, Injighulyan had lost his bearings on the terrain and inadvertently crossed the line of contact.

Injighulyan was subsequently paraded on Azerbaijani television, saying, presumably under duress, that he had voluntarily defected to the Azeri side.

The Armenian military dismissed that statement, saying that the 22-year-old was forced to present a false version of events. It also condemned the televised appearance as a violation of international conventions on the treatment of POWs.

The Armenian defense ministry also offered Baku an exchange of prisoners, but the offer was refused.

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