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Armenian citizen Gurgen Margaryan, 26 years old, was hacked to death while asleep by Ramil Safarov, a Lieutenant of the Azerbaijani Army. Both were participants of an English language training course within the framework of the NATO-sponsored “Partnership for Peace” program held in Budapest, Hungary.

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BUDAPEST, FEBRUARY 22, DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR: Budapest court Thursday rejected the Azerbaijani military officer's appeal against a life sentence for the 2004 axe murder of an Armenian student at the NATO’s Partnership for Peace training course in Budapest. The appeal court ruled that the decision brought last April by Budapest District Court against 30-year-old Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, should stand.


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 19, ARMENPRESS: Hundreds of Armenians went today to Yerablour cemetery on a Yerevan outskirt to commemorate the third anniversary of a tragic death of Armenian army officer Gurgen Margarian who was hacked to death by an Azeri office Ramil Safarov three years ago in Budapest. The commemoration was organized by Gurgen Margarian NGO together with a regional chapter of the Republican Party in Achapnyak district of Yerevan and Armenian defense ministry.

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Information on the case
First interrogation of Ramil Safarov, full text | Eye-witness account
Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict history and background:
Chronology of the conflict
Sumgait massacres | Khojaly tragedy

Responses to the murder of Lt. Gurgen Margaryan:
Azerbaijani response | International response
Armenian response
| Speech by the Armenian Ambassador at the meeting of the Permanent Council of OCSE