Azeri Saboteurs Blame Each Other for Teenager’s Murder

Shahbaz Guliyev (R) and Dilham Askerov (third from L), Azerbaijani men charged by Karabakh's authorities with sabotage, stand before a court in Stepanakert. (Photo: RFE/RL)

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)—The trial of Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilham Askerov, two members of an Azerbaijani commando group that made an incursion into Artsakh in July 2014, continues to take place in the First Instance Court of General Jurisdiction of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

During a Nov. 18 trial, Judge Anatoli Tadevosyan presented findings from the examination of the place of murder of teenager Smbat Tsakanyan, who is believed to have been murdered by the Azeri saboteurs. The judge presented records on forensic examination of the body along with photographs.

When prosecutor Karen Gabrielyan asked who eventually moved the body of the deceased young man from the scene, defendants Guliyev and Askerov blamed each other for the murder and for moving the body from the scene of the incident. In his testimonies, in one case Askerov claimed that the gun that he used when killing Smbat Tsakanyan was different from the guns of the other members of the group in that the trigger was broken, and in another case he claimed that the part of the gun that folds was broken and that he had exchanged that gun with one of the guns of the other members. However, he continued to claim that he didn’t participate in the murder, to which Guliyev objected and demanded that he tell the court the truth.


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  1. Art said:

    That’s great so they give each other’s verdicts… Next time don’t waste anybody’s time. Finish them on the spot.

  2. Ararat said:

    Give justice to the victim and his family: Execute both of these filthy and disgusting Azerbaijanis. Personally, I prefer that they be headed with a dull manual saw.

  3. Danilo said:

    Dear readers,
    I am angry as well against such criminals, however I believe that we (Armenians) should show the world our higher level of civilization, condemning them to a sentence of jail for the whole remaining life.
    We are not like Azeris, who killed a poor shepperd got lost in an Azeri village.
    We are better than them.