Azeris Sentence Armenian to Death

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Military Judicial Board of the Azeri Supreme Court sentenced Karen Gevorgian to death last week for unspecified crimes.

According to reports received in January–Gevorgian confessed that he had committed a murder to avenge his dead brother. However–according to information received in April–he has been charged with espionage and acts of sabotage. At the same time it was reported that he had not pleaded guilty.

On the night of Jan. 1–after returning from his border post–Gevorgian got lost in the thick fog. According to the available data–Gevorgian was not a member of the intelligence group of the Armenian Armed Forces. According to an officer of the Armenian Army who spoke on condition of anonymity–attempts to present Gevorgian as a terrorist may be used by Azerbaijan to force Armenia to release Azeri POWs. Obviously–Gevorgian was tortured into a confession and if he had committed any illegal actions on Azerbaijan territory–they can be qualified as self-defense and not murder.

"The verdict by the Military Judicial Board of Azerbaijan passed in relation to Gevorgian is inhuman–while charges brought against him are made up," the same source reports. The source says that the death sentence was given to Gevorgian at the time when the entire world–including Azerbaijan is trying to abolish the death penalty.

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