Baku Returns Body of Slain Armenian

Petrosyan seen on amateur video speaking to Azeri villagers


YEREVAN—The body of Karen Petrosyan, an Armenian civilian killed under Azerbaijani custody, has been returned to Armenia, Azeri news agency APA reports.

Petrosyan, who lived in a borderland village in northeastern Armenia, was taken captive on August 7 after mistakenly wandering into the territory of Azerbaijan. Shocking images of him being dragged by masked soldiers were distributed to the media by authorities in Azerbaijan, in which he was being brutally forced to beg for pardon from the president of Azerbaijan.

One day later, Azerbaijan announced that Petrosyan had “suddenly died of heart failure.”

Petrosyan was seen on video speaking to Azeri villagers before his arrest. The villagers later testified that he posed no danger and was not armed.

On Sept. 10, the Armenian side applied to the European Court of Human Rights, requesting intervention. The appeal called for Azerbaijan to immediately return the remains of Petrosyan to his family in a dignified state.

The European Court later asked Azerbaijan to give an explanation of its “official position in connection with the repatriation of Karen Petrosyan’s body.”

Azerbaijan was condemned by several international entities, including the United States and France, for its mistreatment and, ultimately, murder of Karen Petrosyan.

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  1. edward demian said:

    Another Hectare of land we are going to take and keep next time. To make sure that these boys have not died in vain, for every life, Nagorno Karabagh will have to be compensated with one hectare of land. I know its not enough, but we need to start somewhere. Their heirs or parents should be compensated with a lifetime pension.

  2. Areg said:

    Turkey a NATO ally, the Genocidal ally of NATO, the savage and barbarian ally of NATO. Does this say anything to the NATO? Does NATO see and hear what is going on on her backyard?
    Karen Petrosyan like many-many Armenian captives in Azerbaijan is murdered savagery and humiliated before being killed. This is what the Turkish culture is? Does NATO support this barbaric savagery?

    The civilized world is quite on this murderous and savagery acts against humans. The West and Europeans watched in silince when Armenians were butchered by the Ottoman Turkey during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The West and the European nations are silent again this time when Turkey currently is carrying another Genocide against the Kurds and Christians.

    Stop these crimes against humanity and mankind. Put Turkey and Azerbaijan in trail for their crimes against humanity. Stop the Pan Turkism plan of Turkey, this is a treat to the world peace and stability. Who is behind this murderous plan of Pan Turkism? Does anyone guess?

  3. Armenian Christian said:

    This time our tanks will go all the way to Baku
    Russia is no friend of ours… All we have is ourselves

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