Issue Azerbaijani Soldiers’ Captivity to be Raised at PACE
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend I.Alizade / MP Elmira Akhundova, an Azerbaijani parliamentary representative to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), on 4 April in Baku raised the issue of captivity of an Azerbaijani soldier by Armenia. Further investigation into espionage will be considered at the PACE spring session in April.
MP Akhundova announced that the PACE session will discuss espionage activities and the conduct of fair court hearings on the case. "This issue is of paramount importance for Azerbaijan, because Armenia has always been involved in espionage in order to act against Azerbaijan. Over the past 2 years Armenia took Azerbaijani POWs and brainwashed them so that they would perform espionage activities against Azerbaijan on the behalf of Armenia. After some time they are sent back to Azerbaijan so that they will perform acts of sabotage against their country."
She noted that some people under the Armenians' influence carried out terrorist attacks in Azerbaijan in 1990s.
The MP stressed that PACE members should be informed of these facts and therefore, the issue will be raised at the session.