Red Cross Visits Azeri Saboteurs in Artsakh

Shahbaz Quliyev (right) and Dilgam Askerov (third from left), Azerbaijani men charged by Karabakh's authorities with murder of a teenager, stand trial in Stepanakert. Oct. 27, 2014. (Photo: RFE/RL)


STEPANAKERT—The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representatives have visited the two Azerbaijan citizens who are imprisoned in the Artsakh Republic.

The communication officer of the ICRC mission in Artsakh, Eteri Musayelyan, told News.am that this tenth visit took place on Thursday, during which family news was exchanged.

As reported earlier, Azerbaijani sabotage and intelligence-gathering team members Dilham Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev were charged with espionage, unauthorized border trespass, kidnapping and violence against a minor, murder committed by an organized group motivated by ethnic hatred, and attempt of murder of two persons motivated by ethnic hatred.

On Dec. 29, 2014, the First Instance General Jurisdiction Court of Artsakh had sentenced Askerov and Guliyev to life and 22 years, respectively, in prison.

The saboteur’s attorneys, however, had appealed these sentences. But on March 10, the Artsakh Court of Appeal upheld the earlier court verdict that was reached with respect to Dilham Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev.

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