Prosecutor demands 18-year-imprisonment for Armenian scout captured in Aghdam – UPDATED

Ganja: The Ganja Court on Grave Crimes has resumed the hearing on the case of Bagdasaryan Arsen Edwardovich, an Armenian scout who had been captured by Azerbaijani soldiers while attempting to cross the Aghdam part of the contact line of troops on December 26, 2014.

The public prosecutor has made a speech at the hearing presided over by judge Elbey Allahverdiyev.

Public prosecutor Anar Mirkishiyev demanded Arsen Bagdasaryan should be sentenced to 18 years in jail in a maximum security prison.

The public prosecutor said mines, knife and matches seized from Bagdasaryan will be neutralized, and his personal belongings and money will be sent to the jail where he will be kept.

Later on, civilians and servicemen made speeches, asked the court to make a fair judgment.

Bagdasaryan’s lawyer Ramiz Abdullayev also addressed the hearing.

The hearing will continue in the afternoon.

Note that, professional serviceman Bagdasaryan Arsen Edwardovich, who is a member of an Armenian reconnaissance-sabotage group, was captured by Azerbaijani soldiers while attempting to cross the Aghdam part of the contact line of troops on 26 December 2014 and handed over to law enforcement agencies, according to the Republican Military Prosecutor’s Office.

The Military Prosecutor’s Office launched a criminal case under the Criminal Code’s articles 29,120.2.7, 29,120.2.12 and 29,282.2.

The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan told APA that the investigation into the fact discovered that senior sergeant A.E. Bagdasaryan who underwent special training in Armenia has served under contract as the first platoon commander of the reconnaissance detachment at military unit 49971 under an armed criminal formation located in the Azerbaijani district of Aghdere occupied by Armenian armed forces.

He was instructed by the commander of the military unit (he has been identified) to kill Azerbaijani citizens with the intention of national hostility and hatred, and to cross to the defense positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces to place mines in order to cause explosions in the trenches with the purpose of damaging Azerbaijan’s defense capabilities.

On this purpose, Bagdasaryan alongside other members of the criminal group (their names has been identified) crossed the contact line of troops in a secrete way at around 3:00 PM 26 Dec. 2014. They are convicted of placing 3 of the 7 Fugas antipersonnel mines he had in the trench paths frequently used by Azerbaijani soldiers. Thanks to the Azerbaijani soldiers’ vigilance, Bagdasaryan was captured on his way back, and mines neutralized.

Necessary investigative measures were then taken, the knife and other items seized from Bagdasaryan as well as one of the mine placed in the ground and the place were two of the mines were neutralized by exploding inspected, forensic medical, complex forensic psychiatric and psychological, etc. examination conducted, witnesses questioned.

Bagdasaryan is charged under the Criminal Code’s articles 218.2 (participation in criminal community), 29,120.2.1 (attempt to a deliberate murder by group of persons, on preliminary arrangement by group of persons, by organized group or criminal community), 29,120.2.7 (attempt to a deliberate murder of two or more persons), 29,120.2.12 (attempt to a deliberate murder on motive of national, racial, religious hatred or enmity), 29,282.2 (attempt to commitment of explosion, arson or other actions directed on destruction or damage of enterprises, constructions, means of communication, means of message and communication, objects of life-support of a population with a view of undermining defensibility and economic safety of the Azerbaijan Republic) and was sentenced to pretrial detention.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency