Armenian militants who tortured captives apologize to Azerbaijani nation at court in Baku (PHOTO)

Armenian militants who tortured captives apologize to Azerbaijani nation at court in Baku (PHOTO)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 7

By Samir Ali - Trend:

The trial over Armenian military criminals Ludwig Mkrtychyan and Alyosha Khosrovyan who tortured Azerbaijani captives and committed other heavy criminals during the first Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh war (in the 1990s) has continued at the Yasamal District Court in Baku on July 7, Trend reports.

At the trial, chaired by the judge of the Baku military court Elbey Allahverdiyev, the accused Mkrtychyan answering questions of the prosecutor said that he came to Karabakh voluntarily within an armed group.

“After the war, I left Armenia abroad. I also took part in the April 2016 battles [which resulted in the liberation of Jojuq Marjanly village of Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil district and several important strategic spots of the country, previously occupied by Armenian Armed Forces], and then I came to Armenia through the organization of which I’m a member,” he noted. “I participated in the hostilities on the side of Armenia in 1993, 2016 and 2020. I was awarded five medals for participation in the battles. We received a monthly payment for participation in the hostilities. I apologize to the Azerbaijani people. Forgive me.”

Answering the questions of the prosecutor, the accused Khosrovyan said that in 1993 he served on the border with Azerbaijan.

“I guarded the border. Although I was a civilian, I voluntarily joined the border guards. I didn’t take part in the hostilities as a volunteer but was forced to go to war to earn money because I had a small child. I consider myself guilty of violating the border of Azerbaijan. Out of need, I crossed the border at 53 years old. I ask everyone for forgiveness," he added.

Famil Aliyev, a former captive tortured by the militants said that the accused were lying. He noted that Mkrtychyan and Khosrovyan continued to be members of the Armenian armed formations after the end of the war, they tortured Azerbaijani prisoners.

"The Armenians suffered heavy losses in a battle, and their bodies were delivered to the Shusha prison. Mkrtychyan was also there. Then we were severely beaten. The wedding of an Armenian officer took place in Shusha, at which Mkrtychyan was present in military uniform. There they were ‘respected’ servicemen because they tortured Azerbaijanis," Aliyev reminded.

Another former captive Javid Huseyn said that when Armenian militants gouged his eye in Shusha prison on March 21, 1995, Mkrtychyan and Khosrovyan were there.

"When Garik [one of the militants] gouged out my eye, Mkrtychyan and Khosrovyan tied my hands to the wall. At that time they both tortured us in prison," added Huseyn.

After hearing the former captives’ evidence, the materials of the criminal case were assessed.

The next court session was appointed for July 14.

The facts of hostage-taking, torture and ill-treatment of prisoners and other persons protected by international humanitarian law have been revealed during the investigation of the criminal case launched by Azerbaijan’s Military Prosecutor’s Office under various articles of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan in connection with war crimes against peace and humanity committed against Azerbaijanis in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan by the armed forces of the Armenian separatist regime operating illegally in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and by the Armed Forces of Armenia.

As a result of the investigation, it was established that Mkrtychyan participated in the activities of armed groups consisting of Armenians who arrived from Armenia, as well as living in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and also tortured an Azerbaijani citizen taken hostage on July 12, 1991, and illegally detained him about 17 days in the forest near the town of Khojaly.

Moreover, he also acted as an interpreter during the interrogation by the Armenian special services of a civilian resident of Azerbaijan who was taken hostage on September 13, 1999, in the Tapgaragoyunlu village of the Goranboy district, brought to Yerevan and illegally detained in one of the military units.

The investigation also established that Mkrtchyan at various times beat and tortured 11 captured Azerbaijani citizens in the territory of the Khojavand and Agderе districts, in the Shusha prison and in Yerevan, and also shot a serviceman of one of the military units.

Mkrtychyan was detained on October 20, 2020 in the territory of the Malikjanli village of the Fuzuli district by the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan.

Investigative measures carried out also exposed the criminal acts by Alyosha Khosrovyan, a citizen of Armenia, born in 1967, who together with Mkrtichyan tortured Azerbaijanis.

It was revealed that Khosrovyan tortured five Azerbaijanis during their captivity and subjected them to cruel and inhumane treatment.

Thus, a former soldier of the military unit N of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan taken prisoner in April 1994, was exposed to cruel and inhumane treatment by Khosrovyan. During his illegal detention in one of the houses in Mysmina (Aghbulag) village, Khojavand district he was forced to do heavy construction work of a house for the so-called Minister of Defense of so-called ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ Samvel Babayan.

Khosrovyan also demonstrated cruelty to soldiers of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, who were taken captives in 1993-1994 and illegally detained in the Shusha city prison. He tortured them by exposing them to regular beatings, starving, and inflicting mental anguish and physical pain.

Khosrovyan was detained by servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on October 3, 2020, while conducting reconnaissance operations in the territories of Azerbaijan.

Charges were brought against Mkrtychyan and Khosrovyan on Articles 113 (torture), 115.2 (violation of war laws and customs), 279.1 (creation of armed formations or groups not provided by law), 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of Azerbaijan) and other articles of the Criminal Code. By court decisions, arrest as a measure of restraint was chosen against them.

The indictment on the criminal case was approved on May 20, 2021, and sent to Baku Military Court for consideration.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Chronicles of Victory: October 23, 2020
Chronicles of Victory: October 23, 2020
TURKIC.World project presented at media forum of Turkic Council (PHOTO)
TURKIC.World project presented at media forum of Turkic Council (PHOTO)
French court annuls "treaty" with illegal Armenian regime in Azerbaijan's Karabakh
French court annuls "treaty" with illegal Armenian regime in Azerbaijan's Karabakh
Loading Bars
Latest
India perhaps only G20 country to fulfil...: India ahead of COP26 climate summit
U.N. plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia's Tigray
Relations with India stronger than ever, says Maldives Defence Minister
Chronicles of Victory: October 23, 2020
Iranian delegation leaves for Tashkent to observe elections
UK PM Johnson says fresh COVID lockdown not on the cards
2 soldiers, terrorist killed in northwestern Pakistan's clash
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.7% efficacy in trial in children
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss joint efforts to maintain regional security
Georgia, Turkey to set up joint air force plant
TURKIC.World project presented at media forum of Turkic Council (PHOTO)
Iran boosts transit via TRACECA corridor
French court annuls "treaty" with illegal Armenian regime in Azerbaijan's Karabakh
Azerbaijan's MoD inspects combat positions in liberated Kalbajar, Lachin districts (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan Airways opens tender related to local fire alarm system
Iran looks to enhance road development in Ardabil province
Main countries of origin for tourists arriving in Georgia
Spanish Gedepsa interested in growing olive plantations in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan reveals number of mines, munitions found on its liberated lands (PHOTO)
Overview of Uzbekistan's retail trade turnover dynamics between 2010-2020
When Karabakh road infrastructure to be fully ready?
Armenians propagate Nazi Nzhdeh and accuse Azerbaijan of racism (VIDEO)
Relations With India Stronger Than Ever, Says Maldives Defence Minister
Bennett-Putin meeting lasted five hours, was warm and positive
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,112 more COVID-19 cases, 882 recoveries
Australia says EU has postponed free trade talks for second time
Azerbaijan’s volume of non-cash payments continues to grow
Delta Galil files for Nasdaq offering
Azerbaijan's investment attractiveness increased after liberation of its lands - minister (PHOTO)
Turkmenistan reduces wheat imports from EAEU states
Azerbaijan’s wheat imports from EAEU countries revealed
Belarusian company to supply Azerbaijan with cables
Azerbaijan sees growth in its population's bank deposits in September 2021
Azerbaijan commissions recently built military facilities in its liberated lands (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Non-tourist trips to Georgia plummet
Kazakh Tengizсhevroil to reduce LPG supplies to Ukraine after polypropylene plant's launch
Iran to use domestic capacity for road fleet modernization
Azercell once again bestowed with ISO 37001:2016 Anti-bribery Management Systems standard of compliance
Azerbaijan reveals data on mine clearance work carried out in liberated lands
Azerbaijan’s cargo transportation by all types of transport decreases in 9M2021
Ukrainian companies interested in entering Turkmen market
EBRD, EU to provide loans for indirect financing of green technologies in Georgia
SOCAR-AQS exceeds drilling progress plan
President Ilham Aliyev sends congratulatory letter to Hungarian counterpart
Azerbaijan to expand co-op with Turkey in mine clearance – ANAMA
Uzbekistan signs agreement to put out former uranium mining sites
Iran eyes developing non-oil exports
India hopes to work with China for resolution of issues: Shringla
Azerbaijan’s Bulla Deniz produces over 54,000 tons of oil with technical measures
UK foreign secretary begins India visit today, to hold talks with Jaishankar
Uzbekistan to expand network of local duty-free shops
Azerbaijani SME agency ready to fully support alternative energy dev't
SOCAR sums up results of operation at Oil Rocks
Turkmenistan overhauling railways on border of Akhal, Balkan regions
SOCAR reveals time of commissioning 2nd production complex at Gunahsli field
Uzbek, Russian enterprises considering joint textile enterprises
Azerbaijan to start exporting locally-produced mineral water to Europe (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan not planning to transfer all schools online - ministries
SOCAR details on works carried out at Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery in 2020
Progress on CAREC transport projects in Kazakhstan unveiled
Russia reports 37,141 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours
Natural gas, coal prices to remain at high levels through start of 2022
FAO's representative office may be opened in Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan's main gas supplier to engage repair services via tender
Oil demand to reach its pre-pandemic level in 2022
Regional carrier SkyWest cancels 700 U.S. flights over technical woes
Georgian energy reform to create competitive market
Turkmenistan, UN talk co-op in food security
Turkmenistan, EU to intensify co-op in number of areas
Turkic states need to jointly fight disinformation campaigns - Azerbaijani president's assistant
Kazakhstan boosts monetary base indicators
Azerbaijan exceeds commitment under OPEC+ deal
Kazakhstan's TOP-3 trade partners for 8M2021 announced
Pushed by ‘Covid growth drivers’, India on course to be $5 tn economy by 2024-25, says Puri
BCCI could earn up to $5 billion from IPL broadcasting rights
Chip crunch to cut Renault's 2021 output by 500,000 cars
2020 became particularly significant year for Azerbaijani people - president's assistant
Azerbaijani oil prices fall
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva attend inauguration of DOST Center for Inclusive Development and Creativity (PHOTO)
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy bitumen
Uzbekistan Airports JSC cuts tariffs for foreign airlines
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva view conditions created at new rehearsal building of National Gymnastics Arena (PHOTO)
Equinor, SOCAR mull opportunities for exploration at ADUA
Uzbekistan’s Jizzakh Automobile Plant eyes increasing production capacity
Kazakhstan reports increase in product transport via pipelines
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy electrical goods
In 44-day war in Karabakh, we witnessed two-faced behavior of int’l media – Erdogan
Azerbaijan's main goal after victory is restoration of Karabakh - president's assistant
Creation of green zones in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories - part of UN program to combat global climate change – Deputy Minister
Chambers of Commerce of Turkmenistan and Switzerland hold business forum
Gas prices to ease, but to remain elevated in Europe
Georgia shares data on COVID-19 cases for October 22
Turkmenistan to organize Business French language training for female entrepreneurs
JICA to issue report on Study for Electric Power System in Azerbaijan next year
Japanese companies to invest in Georgian energy sector
Kazakhstan introduces electronic customs escort of vehicles during goods transit
Azerbaijan, UN sign MoU to promote corporate sustainability
Azerbaijani Finance Ministry to put medium-term gov't bonds up for auction
Azerbaijan reveals state budget revenues for 9M2021
All news