Mother of Kidnapped Boy Seeks Funds to Pay Ransom

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The mother of a kidnapped 15 year-old boy has appealed to Noyan Tapan for financial assistance to help pay a ransom of $5,000 to the child’s kidnapper.

Araksi Avetissian appealed to the Noyan Tapan news agency to help return her son Zaven Ramazian–who was kidnapped by Azeri militia general–Ramiz Guseynov on Feb. 1–1994.

Initially–Guseynov demanded that his brother Rashid Guseynov–who vanished in Karabakh–be returned to him in exchange for Ramazian. However–after Guseynov received confirmation of his brother’s death–began demanding money instead.

Avetissian says that Guseynov is now in Baku–where he telephones her once a month. She also speaks with her son over the telephone and knows that he is alive.

International organizations–including the Red Cross–possess no information on Ramazian’s whereabouts because Azerbaijan’s authorities are not involved in the matter.

Avetissian met with Guseynov in October of 1994 in the Georgian town of Marneuli. During the meeting Guseynov was arrested by Georgian Interior Ministry’s agents. He was released one day later.

"Apparently–this is not an isolated case," Larisa Alaverdian of the Fund Against Violation of Law says. "We know relatives of hundreds of people whose whereabouts are unknown. We would hardly achieve any success if we pin our hope on official sources," Alaverdian says.

The Fund Against Violation of Law is ready to help Avetissian to broker an exchange of her son.

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