2006-04-13: RAMIL SAFAROV SENTENCED TO LIFE
The Hungarian judge sentenced Ramil Safarov to life imprisonment
without the right to apply for parole for the next 30 years. According
to the court's decision Safarov is not mentally ill, he was able
to assess the consequences of his act.
2005-12-15: BUDAPEST CASE: HEARINGS RESUMED, THEN POSTPONED
Hayk Demoyan—the official representative of the Ministry of
Defense of Armenia at the trial of Ramil Safarov—reports from Budapest.
The fifth hearings on the case of the murder of Gurgen Margaryan—Armenian
officer hacked to death almost two years ago by his Azerbaijani
classmate Ramil Safarov during the NATO-sponsored English language
courses—were resumed today in Budapest, Hungary. The results of
the third psychiatric examination of the defendant which was set
to clear the contradictions between the first examination and the
second one were scheduled to be announced today. However the third
examination was carried out so unprofessionally that the judge Andrash
Vashkuti expressed his indignation and threatened to impose sanctions
against the expert. According to the results of the latest examination,
the defendant was in “a condition close to the state of irresponsibility”.
The judge discarded the results of the third examination and scheduled
another one. Also, as per request by the prosecution two more witnesses
are to be summoned for the next hearings: an employee of the military
school where the murder was committed, and another student of the
language courses. The defense again pledged to conduct an interrogation
of the Azerbaijani witness (the second Azerbaijani officer who had
participated in the courses) in Baku claiming that he was incapable
of visiting Budapest. But this pledge was also refused by the judge.
The preliminary eye witness account of the Azerbaijani eye witness
that he provided immediately after the murder was read instead.
The hearings to be resumed on March 7th, 2006.
Representatives of the Armenian community of Budapest, as well as
some Azerbaijani students from the Central European University were
present during the trial.
27-Sep-2005: HEARINGS RESUMED IN BUDAPEST
It has been 19 months since the death of Lt. Gurgen Margarian.
An Armenian citizen participating in English-language courses run
within the framework of NATO-sponsored Partnership for Peace program
in Budapest, Hungary, he was hacked to death with an axe by a fellow
Azerbaijani classmate Ramil Safarov. Since then the representatives
of Azerbaijan have been doing everything possible to showcase the
murderer as someone suffering post-traumatic syndrome because of
his childhood experiences during the war in Nagorno Karabakh 1991-1994.
(As it was later discovered Ramil Safarov’s family had left their
native village long before there was any fighting there).
On September 27th, 8:30 AM the hearings were resumed on the trial
of Ramil Safarov in the Capital court of Budapest under the chairing
of Hungarian judge Andras Vaskuti.
The trial began with reading the text of interrogation of the eyewitness
Saulus Paulus of Lithuania. He was the roommate of Hayk Makuchyan—the
second Armenian officer on whose life Ramil Safarov unsuccessfully
attempted. Next, Mr. Makuchyan himself testified. He answered the
questions of the judge and of the defense attorneys. Also, for the
first time Mr. Makuchyan had a chance to direct his questions to
the defendant in person; however the latter refused to answer any
of the questions addressed to him by the Armenian officer.
Then two Hungarian psychiatrists who had conducted two consecutive
psychiatric examinations of the defendant presented their conclusions.
The first one, who examined the Safarov only four days after the
murder, convincingly opposed to any claim of her opponent that Safarov
had been suffering from post-traumatic syndrome when he killed his
victim. The latter claim is part of the strategy that the defense
has undertaken in efforts to reduce the punishment of the defendant.
For the third time Anar Rauf Aliyev, another Azerbaijani officer
who had been participating the NATO-sponsored program along with
Safarov, was not present at the trial. Instead a letter by the Azerbaijani
Ambassador to Hungary Hasan Hasanov was presented to the court claiming
that the eyewitness had difficulty communicating due to a speech
disorder. The judge expressed his discontent and required an official
document confirming Aliyev’s health problems to be presented instead.
Finally, the court decided to arrange the third psychiatric examination
of the defendant, which should bring its preference toward the outcome
of either the first or the second examinations. The trial is
scheduled to be resumed on December 15th, 2005.
16-Feb-2005: EPILEPTOID, FANATIKUS...
According to an article titled "Azerbaijani officer with an
axe is of epileptic, fanatical type" ( Epileptoid,
fanatikus alkat az azeri fejszés tiszt ) published in one of
the largest Hungarian internet news portals, Hungarian experts described
Ramil Safarov as an antisocial, disharmonic and instable person,
yet not suffering from any kind of mental illness or from post traumatic
Safarov's mind was clear when he committed the murder of Lt. Gurgen
Margaryan and he was motivated by hatred and revenge. Hungarian
court rejected Safarov's defense plea to include Azerbaijani experts
for the next psychiatric test of the defendant, however Azerbaijani
experts were allowed to be present as observers.
08-Feb-2005: TRIAL POSTPONED AGAIN
In 8:30 in the Capital court of Budapest the hearings on Gurgen
Margaryan murder were resumed. During the hearings two Hungarian
specialist in psychiatry presented their resolutions on the mental
health of Ramil Safarov. Both of them claimed that Ramil Safarov
has very low intellectual abilities, but he is absolutely mentally
healthy. As they claimed any mentions of the war memories war and
suffer is groundless since it is not serious enough reason to commit
such a crime. Also they pointed out that Safarov's mental stability
was also tested in Azerbaijan before his entering into military
The representatives of the Armenian embassy in Vienna, as well
as the Armenian community of Hungary were present in the court.
From the Azerbaijani side there were three students of the Central
European University present, a diplomatic representative, as well
as Tatyana Chaladze, member of Coordination Committee for defending
the rights of R. Safarov. The diplomatic representative of Turkish
embassy also attended the hearings.
Anar Rauf Aliyev, the second officer from Azerbaijan and a witness
was not present during the trial. Azerbaijani representatives claimed
he has been suffering from a serious head injuries since September
2004, and at this moment is in Turkey to continue his health rehabilitation.
During the trial, Azerbaijanis tried to disseminate propagandistic
materials (a VHS tape, books) but Armenian side promptly protested
against such initiatives through the persecutor. Judge Andrash Vaskuti
demanded to refrain from such actions, saying that all materials
relating to Karabakh conflict will not be considered during the
case, and will not have any impact on the final resolution.
The hearings were postponed until May 10 or September 27.