Safarov Trial Set to Begin

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The trial of Ramil Safarov–accused of killing Gurgen Margarian in Hungary on February 19–2004–is set to begin on November 23.

Both were officers participating in an English-language course at the Hungarian University of National Defense as part of NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) program. The Armenian officer Margarian–26–was axed to death in his sleep by Safarov–who is an Azeri.

Safarov is accused of premeditated murder with unusual cruelty and may face a sentence 15 years to life imprisonment. Attorney Nazeli Vardanian will represent the Margarian family.

The Armenian International Union of Lawyers has created a team of lawyers to assist Vardanian in the case.

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