Azerbaijani official: Jan.20th perpetrator Mikhail Gorbachev must be brought to International Court
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 19 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Jan. 20 tragedy perpetrator, Mikhail Gorbachev, should be brought to the International Criminal Court, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov said at a meeting with victims' families today.
He said documents were prepared in 1999 and now the issue needs to be raised again. Martyrs are the founders of independent Azerbaijan, he added.
The Istanbul International Society of Brotherhood and Mutual Support and the Fund for Assistance to the Young People of Azerbaijan have helped 172 families after the events.
The Soviet Army commenced military operations against Azerbaijan early morning Jan. 20, 1990 before declaring a state of emergency. The tragedy claimed the lives of 131 people, including 117 Azerbaijanis, six Russians, three Jews and three Tatars. Some 744 people were severely injured. Four went missing and 400 were arrested. Twenty one people were killed after a state of emergency was declared on Jan. 20. Twenty six people were killed in the Neftchala and Lankaran regions.
Jan. 20, 1990 was a heroic page in the history of Azerbaijan's struggle for freedom and territorial integrity.
Azerbaijan commemorates Jan.20th every year.
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