Azeri Seeks Asylum in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An Azeri armed forces serviceman–Niyamyadly Abyshov– who had been serving in one of the Nakhichevan border detachmen’s–fled April 23 to Armenia–seeking political asylum.

During a Friday meeting with the Armenian press corps he explained that his decision to flee to Armenia occurred to him long ago and was caused by mistreatment by officers and senior servicemen. He told journalists that he was suffering from kidney disease and that he could no longer stand tortures to which he had been subjected.

"Often–during duty–I looked in the direction of the Armenian border and it seemed to me that there–in the Armenian army the situation would be different and if I ran there it could not be worse," Niyamyadly told reporters.

The Azeri soldier said that–perhaps–someday he would return to his motherland and be released on amnesty–but for the time being he wished to stay in Armenia. He reported that in Azerbaijan Armenia’s are described as enemies–but he encountered just the opposite.

The soldier also told reporters that there were Turkish servicemen in the detachment. He also said that he saw boxes with foreign inscriptions on them and could make out that they contained Turkey-manufactured arms.

Niyamyadly said that he knew about the meeting with journalists and that he had prepared himself to talk about the horrors of the Azeri military.

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