Baku, Azerbaijan, April 8
An officer of Azerbaijani Air Forces, Lieutenant-Colonel Natig Baliyev committed suicide in his apartment in Baku, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on April 8.
The military prosecutor's office launched a criminal case into the incident, and an investigation is underway.
A number of media outlets reported that Baliyev's suicide was allegedly related to his demotion, the ministry said.
Baliyev was appointed to a high post at the Defence Ministry on July 12, 2013, and on January 11, 2014 he was assigned the rank of lieutenant-colonel, according to the ministry's message.
The ministry also gave him a three-room apartment in Baku.
The Defense Ministry condemns persons disseminating false information, and recommends the media outlets to be more responsible in covering the armed forces' activities, according to message.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.I.