September 04, 2012 | 20:54
BUDAPEST. – A crowded rally is held in front of the Hungarian government on Tuesday, Vice Chairman of the “Armenian National Autonomy of Hungary” Nikoghos Hakobyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
According to him, several thousands, mainly Hungarians, have gathered together in front of the government shocked by the decision of the Hungarian authorities on extraditing an Azerbaijani criminal, who has murdered sleeping Armenian lieutenant in 2004, and who was sentenced to life in jail.
Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier that Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant of the Azerbaijani military, was extradited on August 31 from Hungary, where he was serving a life sentence – and with no expression of either regret or remorse – for the premeditated axe murder of Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest back in 2004.
As expected, Ramil Safarov’s return to Baku was welcomed, as was his act of murder, by the officials of Azerbaijani government and much of Azerbaijani society, and the Azerbaijani president immediately granted him a pardon.
Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan announced on August 31 that Armenia is suspending its diplomatic ties with Hungary.