Man who committed murder 17 years ago released in courtroom

Baku: Baku Court of Grave Crimes has today completed the hearing on the case of Varis Samadov, who was accused of committing a murder 18 years ago.

The court passed judgment to terminate the case against Samadov and he was released in courtroom. The judge said that the criminal case was terminated as 18 years had passed since the crime.

Samadov shot Zulfugar Aghalarov dead in 1997 and fled to Russia. He changed his name and surname there. Azerbaijan declared him wanted. Samadov was handed over to the investigation. This year, he came to Baku and surrendered to the investigation.

He faced charges under article #120 (premeditated murder) and #228 (illegal possession of firearms) of the Criminal Code.