Criminal case initiated in Azerbaijan in connection with Armenia's shelling settlements in Tovuz (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 16 July 2020 14:03 (UTC +04:00)

Details added: first version posted on 12:25

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 16


Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office initiated a criminal case in relation to Armenian armed forces' shelling the settlements in the Azerbaijan's Tovuz district, Trend reports on July 16 referring to the office.

As earlier reported, on July 12, the Armenian armed forces grossly violated the ceasefire in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz direction of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border and fired at Azerbaijani positions.

As a result of countermeasures undertaken by units of the Azerbaijani army, the Armenian armed forces’ attack was suppressed, and they were inflicted devastating strikes.

The Armenian military units, once again showing weakness before Azerbaijani armed forces, grossly violated the fundamental norms and principles of international law, the provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, including the basic principles and generally recognized rules of warfare, without distinguishing between civilian population and military personnel, deliberately firing at settlements, thereby committing heavy crimes against the civilian population.

On the night of July 14, at nearly 2:00 pm, the Armenian armed forces shelled a house belonging to Telara Aliyeva, a resident of Dondar Gushchu village in Tovuz district. As a result of the explosion of the shell, the victim's property was destroyed, and significant damage was caused.

During the inspection at the place of the incident, the prosecutor's office and police officers collected the necessary material evidences, specialists determined the amount of damage caused, and other necessary investigative measures were taken.

The criminal case has been initiated in the Tovuz District Prosecutor's Office under Article 186.2.2 of the Azerbaijan Criminal Code (deliberate destruction or damage to another’s property by an arson, explosion or other publicly dangerous way or entailed heavy consequences).

The necessary investigative activities are underway.