Biography

Ramil Safarov was born on August 25, 1977 in the town of Jabrayil, former Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic of Soviet Union (now Azerbaijan Republic) where he finished middle school.

He is one of four brothers. Jabrayil was captured by Nagorno-Karabakh forces on August 26, 1993, and remains under control of Nagorno-Karabakh army as part of the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Safarov's family fled to Baku in 1991. During a court hearing, Safarov recounted memories from the years of war, during which he had lost family members.

This, however, contradicted another version he told the court, where he stated that he was studying in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku and in Turkey from 1992 to 1996.[10] He continued his studies at Maltepe Military High School in İzmir and then at the Turkish Military Academy, graduating in 2000, after which he returned to Azerbaijan.

In January 2004, the 26-year-old Ramil Safarov, along with another officer from Azerbaijan, went to Budapest (Hungary), to participate in the three-month English language courses, organized by NATO's Partnership for Peace program for military personnel from different countries.

On February 19, 2004 broke into Margaryan's dormitory room at night and axed him to death while Margaryan was asleep.

n 2006, Safarov was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary with a minimum incarceration period of 30 years.

After his request under the Strasbourg Convention, he was extradited on August 31, 2012 to Azerbaijan, where he was greeted as a hero, pardoned by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev despite contrary assurances made to Hungary, promoted to the rank of major.

On October 2, 2012 married Shabnam Mammadova.

No children. By religion - Muslim.

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Murder топором национальный герой

"My job is to kill all [Armenians], because until they live we will suffer"

"…in another time in another place I would have done the same..."

"If there were more Armenians … I would commit the crime on all. However, this was the first and I didn't have the chance to prepare more punctually to commit this action"

"I feel sorry that I haven't killed any Armenian until now"

"…when they walked close to me they mumbled something in Armenian and laughed at me. That was the time when I decided that I will kill these two persons, the Armenians, I will cut their head off"

"My release is the triumph of justice"

LETTERS OF APPRECIATION REGARDING RAMIL SAFAROV TO THE PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN, ILHAM ALYIEV

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14 September 2012, 09:30

From Ismayil Imanov, Sheki, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

We rejoiced in tears at your 31 August 2012 decree to pardon Ramil Safarov, which made all the Azerbaijani people and Azerbaijanis of the world happy. The decree is a result of your endless love for the Azerbaijani officer and the homeland. By your action, you demonstrated to the whole world that Azerbaijan will has never left and will never leave its citizen and soldier without attention.

Thank you very much. Long live Mr President I. H. Aliyev! Long live Azerbaijan!

Regards,

Ismayil Imamov
Sheki, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
14 September 2012, 09:05

From Zaur Allahverdiyev, Baku, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

The extradition to Azerbaijan of our officer Ramil Safarov who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary and his pardoning is the fruit of your irreplaceable policy. I express my thanks to you and as a young person, I always support you.

Kind regards,

Zaur Seyfaddin oglu Allahverdiyev

Azerbaijan Republic, Baku, Garadag District, Mushvigabad settlement, house 5q, flat No 137

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:30

From Farida Gaybaliyeva, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

We greet you and express our deep respect for you!

We are very proud and inspired by your compassion, care and attention to your citizens, the major reconstruction work being carried out in our country, economic development, your authority, which has amazed countries of the world, your great belief in a bright tomorrow, your strong and courageous steps and the fact that you are worthily continuing the path of the national leader of our people, Heydar Aliyev. Following the Eurovision-2012 Song Contest held in our country, the courageous son of our people, Ramil Safarov, was returned to the homeland and pardoned as a result of your far-sightedness and patient and self-sacrificing activities. May the joy and prayers of that day be with you, Mr President!

We live and greatly respect you. May God protect you!

We are waiting for more good news from you – the sound of victory from our occupied lands. God willing!

Regards,

Farida Kamil gizi Gaybaliyeva

PhD in philology, a member of the central board of the Cultural Centre of World Azerbaijanis, head of the Women's Council, head of the Mahsati Poets' Majlis and editor-in-chief of Mahsati magazine

Azerbaijan Republic, Baku, Binagadi District

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:20

From Shahverdi Ahmadov, Lachin, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

First of all, I note that for health reasons, I cannot write my sincere words to you in this litter with my own hands. On the one hand, I am very happy that the Creator has given me a chance to live 100 years. I can still see and will definitely read this letter myself at the end. During these 100 years, I was fated to experience the suffering and pain of three wars. My childhood coincided with World War One, youth with World War Two and my old age with the Karabakh war, and I got my own "share" from this war. In writing this letter to you, my purpose is not to complain about my situation. Yes, we are refugees, but thank God that they always take care of me. My purpose is to write how happy I am with your brave step and to express my profound gratitude to you.

Mr President!

Since God has given me such a long life, I am not afraid to depart this world one day. My only concern was that I would depart this world without seeing our native Lachin. As a result of your bravery, honour and policy, I heard the news that our brave son Ramil Safarov was brought to Azerbaijan and pardoned. I thought that the whole world was mine. I have been feeling well for several days now.

Dear Mr President!

In conclusion, I would like to say that on my own behalf and on behalf of my family, I express my profound gratitude to you for giving the Azerbaijani people this joy and giving this hope to me. I believe that the day will come when we will return to our lands as did Ramil Safarov and I will have the chance to hear that you are visiting Lachin District. Once again, I wish you success in your work and I am giving you the blessing of an elder. May success attend you!

Regards,

Shahverdi Behbud oglu Ahmadov, a 100-year-old displaced person from Lachin District temporarily living in the village of Gizilarkh in Sheki District

The village of Gizilarkh, Sheki District, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:15

From the staff of the N. Huseynov secondary school of the village of Alpoud, Barda, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

The extradition of our people's brave, invincible and fighting son, Ramil Safarov, to Azerbaijan and his immediate pardoning became the news that our people had been awaiting for eight years and made everyone endlessly happy. Such brave sons of Azerbaijan are its source of pride. Our staff express their endless gratitude to you for highly valuing Ramil Safarov. May God protect you!

On behalf of the staff of the N. Huseynov secondary school of the village of Alpoud,

A. Mirzayeva, school principal, and T. Huseynova, S. Aliyeva, N. Heydarova, N. Rahimova and M. Guliyeva

Barda District, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:10

From Mazahir Zeynalov, Goranboy, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President and Commander-in-Chief!

We are all happy about the return to our country of Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for giving an appropriate answer to an Armenian officer who had insulted the Azerbaijani people and flag. Our people are congratulating each other on the good news. We, elders, are aware that Ramil Safarov's release became possible thanks to your hard work and authority. We must confess that the return of Safarov to our country was a strong answer to those who justify the Armenian aggression. At the same time, this showed that some states are taking a pro-Armenian position. We, elders, condemn the policy of double standards by the states that demonstrate such a groundless and biased position. We believe that as a result of your far-signed policy, our occupied lands will be liberated soon. We always support and defend your domestic and foreign policy.

Regards,

Mazahir Hidayat oglu Zeynalov, chairman of the Council of Elders of Goranboy District
Goranboy District, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:05

From Fuzuli Hasanov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

On behalf of the families of the Binagadi district branch of the Public Association to Promote the National Heroes of the Azerbaijan Republic, we express our profound gratitude to you. Every son of Azerbaijan, who proved his love for his homeland by increasing its honour and respecting our flag, which is the symbol of our state, is dear to us. On behalf of all family members of national heroes, we are grateful to you for this care and attention.

Regards,

Fuzuli Yagub oglu Hasanov,

Chairman of the Binagadi district branch of the Public Association to Promote the National Heroes of the Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
13 September 2012, 09:00

From Israyil Imamli, Sheki, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

Thanks to you, the country's economy is developing and Azerbaijan is becoming one of the strongest states in the world. Azerbaijan's international influence and military capability are increasing day by day. As a result, you had your say in the world by bringing Ramil Safarov to our homeland.

Mr President!

I support you and I am always ready to serve you. May God protect you and Azerbaijan! May God help you! Amen!

Regards,
Israyil Ismayil oglu Imamli

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:50

From Rafig Jafarov, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

I am a Lithuanian citizen. I live in the city of Ganja at the moment. I am a pensioner. I worked on sea and ocean vessels for 40 years. I am currently 69 years old.

You proved your love and loyalty to your homeland to the whole world once again, and I would like to thank you on my own behalf and on behalf of my people for pardoning Ramil Safarov.

Azerbaijanis all over the world are happy and express their thanks to you for this step. You showed your power and authority to the enemies of Azerbaijan once again. I am sure that the people highly value all your services. These are not just find-sounding words. I can clearly see all this. What you are doing now is a continuation of the line of our national leader Heydar Aliyev. I travelled the world with his portrait in my hands and I am proud of this. He gave my long-suffering people freedom and the right to live proudly in the world. These words are coming straight from my heart. Azerbaijan is developing day by day and all this happening as a result of your efforts. Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva is also doing great work for the development of the homeland. I see all this as a citizen and I am proud of this.

Mr President!

Thank you for all the work you are doing for our people. May God protect you! We pray for you day and night. May the great leader Heydar Aliyev rest in peace! I wish you and your family happiness and success in your difficult work and Heydar Ilham oglu strong health!

Regards,

Rafig Shamshid oglu Jafarov
Ganja, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:45

From Solmaz Galamshah gizi, Baku, Azerbaijan

May your every day begin with good things and may your every bright morning start with good news, Mr President!

We, the entire Azerbaijani people, are proud of you. We love you very much. You attained the freedom of Ramil Safarov and issued a decree to pardon him. This is enough for the Azerbaijani people. We had been longing for this for years. He is a son of his homeland and the embodiment of Azerbaijan's honour and dignity. Ordinary people are more sensitive. It seems as though one of our occupied districts has been liberated. May all your good deeds come back to your children! May God protect you for these people! We want you to dedicate all your life to these people. We are standing like a fist behind you. If it is necessary to retake our Karabakh tomorrow, we are all ready to take up arms and go to fight. Just one word of yours is enough for us. May God protect our homeland and you!

Regards,

Solmaz Galamshah gizi, Baku, Bulbula settlement, Baydamirov Street, house 58

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:35

From Abbas Musatafayev, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

On my own behalf and on behalf of my family, I express my profound gratitude to you for your contribution to the extradition to Azerbaijan of Ramil Safarov, who prevented an affront to the tricolor of independent Azerbaijan, of which our national leader Heydar Alirza oglu Aliyev was the architect, and thus pleased refugees and displaced person from the ancient Iravan region and our native Karabakh, which is occupied by Armenian Dashnaks, and for the decree you signed on his pardoning. There is a popular saying about brave sons:

"You deserve your mother's milk and your father's bread." Indeed, these words are about you.

Regards,

Haji Abbas Mustafayev

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:30

From Anvar Mammadov, Neftchala, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President!

I express my thanks to you for your efforts to secure the extradition to Azerbaijan of our serviceman Ramil Safarov, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary, and for your decree to pardon him.

Everyone thought this issue was closed, but due to your personal authority and effective activity in the international arena, Ramil returned home.

We rely on you and support you in your steps and purposeful policy towards the development of Azerbaijan.

Regards,

Anvar Ganbar oglu Mammadov

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:25

From Sujayat Huseynova, Lachin, Azerbaijan

Dear President Ilham Aliyev!

I express my deep gratitude and appreciation to you. You, will always be on top like a falcon. This God-granted summit will always be your place!

When Allah gave Prophet Muhammad the news of his mission, he was faced with great difficulties on the part of those who did not accept him, he came under a lot of pressure. But Prophet Muhammad patiently passed the test and defeated his enemies. Because the victory was given to him by Allah himself. He was awarded the title of the Prophet and proved that this was the desire of Allah. And you are given this power and will by Allah himself. What God tells his servants can't change. May Allah bless you! May Allah help you in the fulfillment of your desires!

Mr. President! In December 2011, I asked you to ease the punishment of Ramil Safarov and extradite him to Azerbaijan. To tell you the truth, after I had sent you this appeal, I had a sense of fear. I thought to myself, what if I am asked who I am to interfere in such matters. Thank you for reading my request. I received a reply letter from the ministry. I was delighted with the letter and satisfied with the response. I was happy because both ordinary people and high-ranking officials have a say in our country. And I am an ordinary citizen of the country.

This boils down to your vision, deliberate actions, broad outlook. By your good qualities you have earned the respect and love of the people. Please accept my words not as a compliment, but as the truth. All the people say "Thank you". Mr. President! You have justified the confidence of the people, gained so much of the people's love that those who oppose you may be ashamed of their actions and regret them.

Dear Mr. President! The freeing of Ramil Safarov by your order has pleased the people of Azerbaijan. Sharing in this joy, I express my gratitude and say "Thank you".

With great respect and reverence, joy over your successes and expectation of the victory in connection with the liberation of Karabakh with the grace of Allah and under your leadership.

Sujayat Huseynova

Lachin District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:20

From Aynura Suri, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The extradition of national army officer Ramil Safarov who spent eight years in detention in Hungary and his pardon have pleased me very much as a citizen. It is a measure of the Azerbaijani government's care about the people. You have once again proved that the Azerbaijani government takes care about its citizens. You have successfully continued the political course founded by great leader Heydar Aliyev. Your determination on the issue of Ramil Safarov have strengthened the confidence of our people in you, the Commander-in-Chief and the National Army. This has inspired me a lot.

I express my deep gratitude to you for that! I wish you every success in your future activities. I believe that Azerbaijan will achieve even more under your leadership.

Sincerely,

Aynura Gazanfar gizi Suri
Binagadi district, Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
12 September 2012, 12:15

From Sara Sultanova and others, Zardab, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr President and Commander-in-Chief!

Your tireless efforts are bringing brilliant and inimitable victories to Azerbaijan. As a result of your irreplaceable and considered diplomatic activities and unique resolve and initiative, Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov was exempted from life imprisonment.

Yes, by saving the honourable son of our homeland from imprisonment, you proved once again that you are behind every child and serviceman of Azerbaijan. We are ready for any sacrifice for you. We are always with you, Mr President! We believe that just like you made us happy by releasing Ramil Safarov, you will make us much happier by liberating the lands of Karabakh in the near future. May God protect you and our people!

On behalf of the women intellectuals of Zardab District,

Regards,
Honoured Teachers Sara Sultanova, Chimnaz Mammadova, Shamsiyya Hasanova, teachers awarded the Taraqqi Medal Lala Amiraliyeva, Zumrud Aliyeva, Javahir Ismayilova and others (81 signatures in total). )

Zardab District, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
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