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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"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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10 September 2012, 09:50

From Afag Akhundova, Goranboy, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We thoroughly support your order to pardon Ramil Safarov. This step confirms your humanity yet again. On behalf of all our staff we thank you very much. We wish you good health, a long life and further success in your work for the prosperity of our country. Allah bless you!

Sincerely, on behalf of the Goranboy children's art school, Afag Adil gizi Akhundova, principal, Merited Teacher of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Goranboy District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:45

From Gunay Aliyeva, Agjabadi, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our appreciation for your efforts to extradite officer Ramil Safarov and for pardoning him. Ramil risked his life to protect the honor of Azerbaijan. You have duly appreciated his bravery. By relieving him of the remainder of the punishment, you proved again that you protect the rights of every young man who loves his homeland. We are proud of you and believe in you. We wish you every success in your work, a long life, good health for the benefit and progress of our Azerbaijan.

Sincerely, Gunay Maharram gizi Aliyeva

Agjabadi District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:40

From Rashad Jabrayilov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Your order to pardon Ramil Safarov brought great joy to every citizen of Azerbaijan. We are proud of our President. Your order on the freeing of Ramil is one of the most vivid examples of your efforts for a better future of our nation and state. I express my deep gratitude and appreciation to you.

Sincerely, Rashad Vakil oglu Jabrayilov

Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:35

From Ilgar Ibrahimov, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President!

I express my deep gratitude to you for your order to pardon our compatriot Ramil Safarov. Your concern about Ramil has inspired every Azerbaijani to commit a selfless act for the country. Your activities for the benefit of Azerbaijan, your attention and care about citizens of the country have awakened this feeling in us. Every Azerbaijani is sure that his rights are protected by a courageous, determined and wise president. We are ready to fulfill any orders of yours as Commander-in-Chief. We are proud to be citizens of a strong country such as Azerbaijan headed by the President of such a courageous President as Ilham Aliyev. Azerbaijan is no longer what it used to be in the early 1990s. We are a strong country established by great leader Heydar Aliyev and you, Mr. President. We sincerely thank you for that!

Sincerely, Ilgar Valimirza oglu Ibrahimov

Garajalar village, Saatli District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:27

From O. Rzayev, Mingachevir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our appreciation to you for pardoning national army officer Ramil Safarov. This was great news for our nation. We support your exceptional contribution to the release of our officer.

Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief! We are grateful to you. This act will inspire our youth to further exploits.

Best regards on behalf of the Mingachevir branch of the Azerbaijan Teachers Institute. O. Rzayev, Director

Mingachevir, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:25

From Gurban Abbasov, Lachin (Agjabadi), Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The extradition to Azerbaijan of our army officer Ramil Safarov and his pardon by your order have infinitely delighted us. We had waited for Ramil's release for a long time. Finally, you have granted us this joy. Your name is synonymous with success, progress and victory. There is extensive improvement and dynamic development of different spheres of life in our country. Thanks to your efforts, our country is burgeoning and securing a place in the ranks of other world powers. We believe that under your leadership the development of our country will be sustainable and we will achieve even greater success. We look forward to the day when we can return to our native Lachin.

With deep respect and reverence, Gurban Mukhtar oglu Abbasov IDP from the Garakechdi village of Lachin District, veteran teacher

Takhtakorpu settlement, Agjabadi District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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

From Svetlana Rustamova, Oguz, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

As a teacher who has dedicated 39 years of my life to educating the young generation and as a mother, I support your efforts to extradite and pardon Ramil Safarov. This humane step is a manifestation of your attention and care about the citizen of Azerbaijan. Under your leadership, our country has achieved great success in the political, economic and cultural fields. As a citizen of Azerbaijan, I see all these achievements and feel very happy about them. We are proud to be Azerbaijanis. May Allah grant you a long life!

Sincerely, Svetlana Rustamova, Principal of secondary school No. 2

Oguz, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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

From Solmaya Amiraliyeva, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We had long been waiting for the extradition of Ramil Safarov to his homeland. With the help of God you have done it. Thanks to your courage and patriotism, Ramil is not only at home now, he is also free. Let this success in the case of Ramil Safarov be the beginning of victory over our enemies. Congratulations again to our people, we express our gratitude.

Sincerely, Solmaya Amirali gizi Amiraliyeva Chief Methodologist of the Azerbaijan Teachers Institute

Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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

From H. Abbasov, Kurdamir, Azerbaijan

Dear Commander-in-Chief!

Thanks to your correct and resolute foreign policy, the return of our national army officer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan has been made possible. We express our gratitude to you for pardoning such a brave son of the Azerbaijani people as Ramil Safarov who defended the honor of his country and the flag. We congratulate you on this great and important victory.

Sincerely, H. Abbasov, on behalf of the Mollakand office of mechanical irrigation under the "Reclamation and Water Resources of Azerbaijan" OJSC

Kurdamir District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:07

From Ildirim Mammadov, Guba, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The extradition and pardoning of Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan have proved again that you are indeed a worthy successor to the great leader. By this decision, you have proved that you are the father of the nation indeed, the real President. We wish you good health, a long life and big victories.

Sincerely, Ildirim Nurulla oglu Mammadov, chairman of the Shahdag farm 203 Samad Vurgun Street, Krasnaya Sloboda, Guba District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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

From Rabil Asgarov, Samukh, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

You have done a great job in the extradition of Ramil Safarov. We are still very impressed by this momentous event. Ramil's arrest outside the country further exacerbated the issue. Despite all this, you have succeeded in having him extradited to Azerbaijan. This is your victory! This is the result of your personal authority in the world. We are proud of you. We are confident that in the near future, thanks to your wise policy, Azerbaijan will win even brighter victories. Once again, we wish you every success. Allah bless you!

Sincerely, Rabil Samukh oglu Asgarov

Fizuli village, Samukh District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:03

From Tahir Kazimov, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

We consider the release of Ramil Safarov to be the result of attention and care about every citizen by the country's leadership and feel extremely proud of this.

On behalf of all the young people of Saatli District, including our Kazimov family, we express our profound gratitude to you.

Regards, Tahir Kazimov, a resident of the village of Agarahimli, Saatli District

Saatli District, Azerbaijan Republic

Source: president.az
10 September 2012, 09:02

From Saida Mammadova, Goranboy, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The extradition to Azerbaijan of army officer Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary, is the result of your consistent and goal-oriented policies, hard work and determination. By taking the humane step of pardoning Ramil Safarov as soon as he set his foot on Azerbaijani soil you have demonstrated that you truly live with the concerns of your people. Just like all the citizens of our country, the staff of our school has been very delighted with Ramil Safarov's release, shares in the joy of his family, supports your policies and expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude to you.

Sincerely, Saida Mammadova, principal of secondary school No 1 in

Goranboy District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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

From Zabit Samidov, Kurdamir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our appreciation to you for the steps towards the extradition to Azerbaijan and pardoning of officer Ramil Safarov, who had been imprisoned in Hungary for a long time. Today we are glad. This joy has been instilled in our hearts by you. You are the President of every Azerbaijani. You have proved this by your actions.

The reforms carried out as an extension of your development strategy are aimed at improving the welfare of our people and enhancing the international image of our country. You are implementing this policy very wisely. We wish you every success in your work for the well-being of our people and the development of the country.

Sincerely, Zabit Fazil oglu Samidov

Arabgubali village, Kurdamir District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 20:10

From Agamusa Hasanov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I express my deep gratitude to you for pardoning Ramil Safarov who has been extradited to his homeland. Your bold step has inspired many people. I am sure that many poems and songs glorifying this success will be composed. Diplomats appreciate the political aspect, lawyers praise the legal side, while writers evaluate the moral component of your decision. As someone who writes, I see and appreciate people's elation caused by the release of Ramil Safarov. This is one of the important factors in society. I wish you success in your high state of activity!

Sincerely, Agamusa Sahib oglu Hasanov

Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
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