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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08 September 2012, 20:05

From Fuad Aliyev, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Ganja intellectuals have enthusiastically greeted the news on the extradition of the brave son of the Azerbaijani people Ramil Safarov to his country and your order to pardon him. We are sure that this is the result of the wise policies of the President. The people of Ganja believe that our President who has freed the brave son of the Azerbaijani people will soon free the ancient Azerbaijani territory, Karabakh.

Dear Mr. President! We wish you success in your glorious and important work you are doing for the liberation of our occupied lands and the welfare of our people.

Sincerely, on behalf of the Ganja society of intellectuals, Fuad Aliyev

Ganja, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:50

From Gulnar Abbasova, Agdam, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I congratulate you and the people of Azerbaijan on the return of Ramil Safarov to his homeland and his pardoning. This success deserves the highest words. This success has been achieved by your successful policy and high authority. Allah bless you! We believe that our occupied lands will also be liberated under your leadership.

Sincerely, Gulnar Abbasova

Agdam, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:45

From Samand Mammadov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our deep appreciation to you for your invaluable contribution to the development of our country, the efforts made to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the extradition from Hungary and the pardoning of the pride of our nation Ramil Safarov. At a time when the whole world is suffering from the economic and financial crisis, the sustainable economy of Azerbaijan is a product of your sound policies. Only a political figure who has completed the school of Heydar Aliyev can ensure a consistent economic development of the country that is faced with the problem of more than a million refugees and internally displaced persons and the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. We wish you success in all your endeavors!

Sincerely, Samand Rashid oglu Mammadov

Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:40

From Garanfil Jafarova, Goranboy, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Under your leadership, Azerbaijan is experiencing a period of rapid development. Our villages and towns are landscaped, new roads and schools built. There is no area that would not develop and where reforms would not be carried out. All these issues are solvable because, under your leadership, Azerbaijan has become a strong nation. The key is that you have made the impossible possible. I mean the issue of Ramil Safarov. The extradition to Azerbaijan of the brave son of his people who was in custody in another country under pressure from the insidious Armenian lobby and his immediate pardoning are truly heroic. Long live our brave President!

Sincerely, Garanfil Rahim gizi Jafarova

Goran village, Goranboy District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:35

From Faig Abilov, Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

УDear Mr. President,

We have been further convinced that you are the President of every Azerbaijani. You have pardoned the brave of our homeland Ramil Safarov who has been extradited to his country. This event has caused a sense of pride and joy in our hearts. Your deed will never be forgotten. No decision taken by you for our country and people will ever be forgotten. You are rebuilding Azerbaijan. Evidence of this construction is visible for us, the residents of Sumgayit. Our city is becoming prettier every day, new factories are opening, jobs being created. All these achievements are associated with your name. You are our creator-President. We express our deep gratitude to you again.

Sincerely, Faig Ali oglu Abilov, Sumgayit, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:30

From Tofig Mehdiyev, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing this letter on behalf of the elders of Gubadli and Lachin. We express our gratitude, appreciation and love for you for the extradition and pardoning of the worthy son of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov. By this decision you gave our people boundless joy, great hope on the path of liberation of our occupied lands. We are well aware that this was a very difficult task with a complex solution at an international level. You have once again proved to be the greatest patriot who loves his nation, a great leader. We pray to Allah for the repose of the soul of our great leader Heydar Aliyev, and wish you, his worthy successor, good health, success in your work for the prosperity of our country, further growth of the welfare of the people and on the path of liberation of Karabakh. Allah bless you!

СWith deep respect and reverence, Tofig Shafayat oglu Mehdiyev, Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:25

From A. S. Najafov, Agjabadi, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I express my gratitude to you for signing the order to pardon and free the extradited officer Ramil Safarov from the remainder of the punishment and in general for all the work you have done in this direction. This bold step once again shows that you, as President of the Azerbaijan Republic and the Commander-in-Chief, take care of every Azerbaijani citizen, soldier and officer. Your humane order is also a call for unity of the Azerbaijani people in the face of the enemy. God bless you!

Sincerely, A. Najafov, Karabakh war veteran, Chairman of the district board of elders district, PhD in history, Agjabadi District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:20

From the team of secondary school No 1, Tartar, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The joy of the team of secondary school No. 1 of Tartar District on the eve of a new academic year has no boundaries. Our pupils will soon start their lessons and we will tell them about your efforts to extradite Ramil Safarov from a distant Hungary to Azerbaijan and his pardoning. And using this we will be explaining children the value of such concepts as patriotism, love of the country, honor and determination. There can be no better example than that to educate pupils in the spirit of patriotism. You have once again proved your love of the country and its people. We wish you success in your work.

Sincerely, teaching staff of secondary school No. 1 named after Asad Mammadov

Tartar District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:15

From Mirdamed Sadigov, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Your Excellency, dear Mr. President,

Your order to pardon the worthy Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov has truly delighted the team of the Azerbaijan State Agrarian University. We express our deep appreciation to you for that.

The pardoning of Ramil Safarov is a victory of the President of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani youth, Azerbaijani soldier and, in general, all our people. Your historic order inspires our team to work even harder. Mr. President, once again we express our gratitude to you and wish you success in your work for the prosperity of Azerbaijan.

Sincerely, Mirdamed Mirsadig oglu Sadigov, Rector of the ASAU Rector, Professor

Ganja city, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:10

From Elchin Shikhiyev, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Ramil Safarov's lengthy stay in a Hungarian prison on a life imprisonment sentence for punishing our enemy, an Armenian who had insulted our national flag and the dignity of an Azerbaijani officer and drove the Azerbaijani officer to the heat of passion, was giving every conscientious Azerbaijani mental anguish. By extraditing Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan and freeing him you have saved us from this suffering. We express our deep appreciation to you for that. Your humane decision has delighted us, culture workers, and indeed all the people of Azerbaijan. Our entire nation is in joy. On behalf of our team I express our heartfelt appreciation to you. We wish you success in all your endeavors.

Sincerely, Elchin Shikhiyev, Director of the Palace of Culture

Saatli, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:05

From Irfan Mammadov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our deep gratitude to you for the extradition to Azerbaijan and pardoning of the brave son of our people Ramil Safarov. We had been looking forward to this day and had great hopes for you. This decision has caused a surge of patriotic feelings among the Azerbaijani people and members of our family. We believe in you. We are confident that we will raise the flag of victory over Karabakh in the near future. We will support you in the next presidential election. We want you to be our President. So help you Allah!

Sincerely, Irfan Ali oglu Mammadov. Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 19:00

From Bahlul Aliyev, Samukh, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

By pardoning Ramil Safarov you have given the people of Azerbaijan great joy. I dream of the day when you will delight us once again by freeing our lands from occupation. We are sure of that. This confidence is based on your determination, your policy, your love for the motherland. Our people are always with you. We wish you every success.

Sincerely, Bahlul Aliyev

Fizuli village of Samukh District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:55

From Jafargulu Guliyev, Beylagan, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The people of Beylagan appreciate your order to pardon and free from the remainder of the punishment of officer Ramil Safarov who has been extradited to his homeland. You have delighted us with this humane decision. May the day come when we will celebrate the liberation of Karabakh! God bless you!

Sincerely, Jafargulu Khasay oglu Guliyev

Beylagan District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:50

From Sakina Sadikhova, Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Our people have always felt your concern for every citizen of the country and have always been proud of you. The extradition of the patriot of our country Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan which we had all been looking forward to and his freeing from the remainder of his life imprisonment because of your successful policies and your personal authority have delighted us, the medical workers of the city of Sumgayit. We, medical workers, are confident that your attention and care for every Azerbaijani, your successful policies and steps towards development of our country and its future will bring Azerbaijan even closer to victory in the fight for the territorial integrity of our state. All citizens of Azerbaijan are marching alongside you on the way to victory.

Sincerely, Sakina Sadikhova, doctor

Sumgayit, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:45

От Ильхама Сулейманова, Газах, Азербайджан

From Ilham Suleymanov, Gazakh, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We, the believers of living in Gazakh District, were very delighted to hear that you have pardoned the brave son of the Azerbaijani people Ramil Safarov and freed him from the remainder of his sentence.

This was made possible thanks to your hard work and diplomatic talent. Unfortunately, people often present lie as the truth. This was done by those who convicted Ramil. By their attacks they sought to discredit the brave officer. The injustice against him tormented us for a long time. However, you put an end to this situation. Inshallah, you will also resolve the unjust Nagorno- Karabakh conflict. Therefore, we pray for you every day. God bless you!

Sincerely, Ilham Ali oglu Suleymanov

Imam Juma mosque, Gazakh, the Republic of Azerbaijan

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