Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / Extradition of the Azerbaijani officer sentenced by the Budapest court to life imprisonment will be discussed during the visit to Hungary of the Azerbaijani Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov, the Deputy Justice Minister, who is also the head of the Penitentiary Service, Nazim Alakbarov said to journalists on 22 November.
On 13 April, 2006, Ramil Safarov, who was accused of killing an officer of the Armenian army Gurgen Markarian, was sentenced to life imprisonment. The appeal regarding the sentence was dismissed. The Azerbaijani Justice Ministry applied to the Hungarian Ministry for extradition of the officer to his country. The extradition is delayed because he has one more court sentence (8-month prison term) which has not been enacted yet. The second sentence was caused by the resistance he showed for the observers of the Investigation Cell he was kept in.
According to the Justice Ministry, the Hungarian and Azerbaijani Justice Ministries achieved an agreement on cooperation. The document was planned to be signed during Azerbaijani Justice Minister's Hungary visit to take place on 6 to 8 June. But the visit was postponed for an unidentified period because Hungarian Justice Minister was discharged from office. Presently, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Hungary is implementing necessary measures to set a time for the visit. The agreement on cooperation will reflect the exchange in experience between the judges and justice bodies of the two countries, as well as legislative projects and other issues.