Safarov Trial Resumes in Budapest

(Combined Sources)–The trial of Azeri officer Ramil Safarov resumed Tuesday in Budapest. Safarov is being charged with committing premeditated murder with extreme cruelty–for the February 2004 murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian.

According to the defendant’s lawyer–Adil Ismayilov–an expert report about Safarov’s mental health was heard during Tuesday’s court session.

The result of this fourth forensic medical examination was announced during the trial. Experts concluded that Safarov was conscious when he committed the murder.

Results from the third examination were presented during the previous trial. The expert had to account for contradictory results from the first and the second examinations and give the final evaluation.

According to the court decision–the final evaluation of the examination must be given by psychologist-specialists of Debrevitsin University Centre of Examination.

The Budapest court will sentence Safarov on April 13–said Ismayilov. He faces possible life imprisonment if found guilty.

According to his lawyer–Safarov’s main goal is "to inform the world of the reasons which caused him to commit such an act towards the Armenian officer."

In February 2004–Safarov stabbed Gurgen Margarian several times with a knife and struck him repeatedly with an axe–almost severing his head. Both were participating in a NATO Partnership for Peace English language course.

The Azeri officer also attempted to kill another Armenian Lieutenant–but failed.

Safarov told a Hungarian news agency that he took revenge for Armenian attacks on Azeris.


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