Russia expresses concern over pardon in Azerbaijan
September 4, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
MOSCOW--Russia has expressed concerns over Azerbaijan's decision to pardon a convicted killer Hungary had repatriated to serve his prison sentence.
Lt. Ramil Safarov was given a life sentence in 2006 by a Hungarian court after he confessed to killing Lt. Gurgen Markarian of Armenia while both were in Hungary for a 2004 NATO language course.
Azerbaijan's president pardoned and freed Safarov after he was returned home, prompting Armenia to break off diplomatic ties with Hungary.