Criminal case on Armenian spy handed over to court in Azerbaijan (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 10 March 2015 16:22 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 14:34)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10

By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

The investigation on a criminal case with respect to an Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage group member was completed, and the case was handed over to a court, the Azerbaijani military prosecutor's office said March 10.

The mentioned group crossed the line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district on Dec. 26, 2014.

Earlier, the military prosecutor's office of Azerbaijan launched a criminal case on the crime committed by a member of the group, Arsen Bagdasaryan.

Bagdasaryan, a professional military man, was captured by Azerbaijani servicemen, as he crossed the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the direction of Aghdam district on Dec. 26, 2014.

A criminal case on the articles 29,120.2.7; 29,120.2.12 and 29,282.2 of Azerbaijan's criminal code was launched with respect to Bagdasaryan.

The investigation revealed that Bagdasaryan, a staff sergeant on a contract basis, was serving as a commander in the first platoon of a reconnaissance company in the military unit #49971 of an illegal military formation, located in the Armenian-occupied Aghdere district of Azerbaijan.

The investigation found out that Bagdasaryan was ordered to infiltrate the Azerbaijani armed forces positions and install mines in trenches to deliberately murder of Azerbaijani citizens on grounds of national hatred and enmity, weakening the defense capability of the armed forces.

To this end, on Dec. 26, 2014, at about 15:00 (UTC/GMT +4 hours) Bagdasaryan and other members of the reconnaissance group secretly crossed the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

While in the reconnaissance group, Bagdasaryan managed to install three antipersonnel high-explosive mines on the territory where Azerbaijani armed forces' positions were located, and then tried to escape.

But thanks to the vigilance of Azerbaijani soldiers, he was captured and the mines were neutralized.

In connection with this case, the necessary investigative actions were taken and edged weapons and other items were seized from Bagdasaryan. Aside from that, the territory, where mines were neutralized, underwent an inspection, as well as a number of examinations were appointed and witnesses were interrogated.

Bagdasaryan was charged under articles 218.2; 29,120.2.1; 29,120.2.7; 29,120.2.12 and 29,282.2 of criminal code and Baku's military court chose arrest as a preventive measure against him. The captured voluntarily confessed to the crime and gave the details on the operation.

Currently, the military prosecutor's office of Azerbaijan continues the investigation in respect of other members of the reconnaissance group.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Edited by SI