Remembering Gurgen Margaryan: 12 Years After the Brutal Murder

Lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan
Lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan

Lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan

YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Armenian Officer Gurgen Margaryan was murdered in Hungary on this day twelve years ago.

On February 19, 2004 Lieutenant of the Armenian Armed Forces Gurgen Margaryan was hacked to death, while asleep, by a fellow Azerbaijani participant, Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, in Budapest during a three-month English language course in the framework of NATO-sponsored Partnership for Peace program.

In 2006, Safarov was sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary with a minimum incarceration period of 30 years. He was extradited on August 31, 2012 to Azerbaijan where he was greeted as a hero, pardoned by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev despite contrary assurances made to Hungary, promoted to the rank of major and given an apartment and over eight years of back pay.

Following Safarov’s pardon, Armenia severed diplomatic relations with Hungary.

The Governments of Azerbaijan and Hungary have been asked by the European Court of Human Rights to respond formally to a case brought by the relatives of Armenian army officer Gurgen Margaryan.

Just recently, on February 2, the ECHUR began communication and sent a request to the governments of Azerbaijan and Hungary in the case of the extradition to Azerbaijan and the early release of Safarov.

The two governments should send replies to Strasbourg until May 12, reports.

The interests of the relatives of Margaryan are presented by the European Human Rights Advocacy Center and Legal Guide Armenian NGO. The complaint requires to acknowledge the release and glorification of Ramil Safarov as a violation of human rights. The complaint was sent to the ECHR in 2013.


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  1. Norin said:

    Requests for acknowledgement are meaningless pieces of toilet paper that the EU uses to quell the request for true justice by Armenia. Only re-imprisonment or assassination can bring true justice to this case. Since Azerbaboonjan is not completing his prison sentence, then Armenians worldwide must coordinate and assassinate this SOB, the world must understand that we as a people will not tolerate brutalizations on individual or ethnic levels in any form ever again. The death of Gurgen was a horrific act for which NATO is directly responsible, for all their touting of “rule of law”, NATO has deliberately swept this under the rug, Armenians must thus bring this scumbag to justice. Ramil Savaroff hear this, YOU are not safe anywhere outside your goat molesting village, there are those of us Armenians that will catch you somewhere slipping, and we WILL repay you for Gurgens death.

  2. eastofwest said:

    No point in appealing to the West. They support Turkey and Azerbaijan, always have done!

  3. sarkis said:

    Safarov will meet his maker, when Armenians tanks rumble into Baku. It is amazing that this subhuman beast is still alive and well.

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