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, 18:40

From Laman Rahimova, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for the extradition and pardoning of the young son of our homeland Ramil Safarov. Our people had been waiting for this day.

I am very pleased that we have such brave sons as Ramil Safarov. The motherland needs such sons. The Armenians should know what the people of Azerbaijan are capable of and how brave our sons are. I salute your courage and can't find the right words to thank you. Perhaps you will forgive me for that. Thank you. I am proud to be Azerbaijani and have a President like you.

Sincerely, Laman Kamil gizi Rahimova
Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:35

From Dargah Aliyev, Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our gratitude to you on behalf of the religious community and believers of the Juma mosque in Gobustan for pardoning Ramil Safarov. We pray for you. God bless you! Your step has delighted all our people. You have repeatedly stated that the Azerbaijanis are a peaceful people. We do not have claims to foreign lands. At the same time, we will not give anyone an inch of our own land. By extraditing Ramil from distant Hungary and pardoning him you have proved again that you are decisive in our thoughts and actions. May God always help you in your noble deeds!

Sincerely, Dargah Saatkhan oglu Aliyev
Gobustan, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:30

From Ariz Aliyev, Siyazan, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President, dear Commander-in-Chief!

We sincerely thank you for returning home and pardoning Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov who was convicted in Hungary. Even during the trial the requests of Ramil's lawyers were no taken into consideration. Undoubtedly, the Armenian lobby played a huge role in this case. We were very disappointed to hear about the life imprisonment in respect of the glorious son of Azerbaijan. You have made every effort and, thank God, succeeded in extraditing Ramil home. Ramil is now free and is an Azerbaijani officer enjoying all his rights. For all this we thank you. As a representative of the Azerbaijani youth, I am always ready on the orders of the Commander-in-Chief to fight for the liberation of our lands from occupation. I wish you every success in your work in the name of the development of Azerbaijan.

Sincerely, Ariz Aliaga oglu Aliyev
Siyazan, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:25

From Rizvan Mirzayev, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Mr President!

Your great care and attention to the brave son of Azerbaijan proved that people who value the honour of their people and flag always deserve respect. The news of the release of Ramil Safarov made us, ordinary people, very happy. We are grateful to you for this.

Regards, Rizvan Gulush oglu Mirzayev
Azerbaijan Republic, Saatli District, a resident of the village of Gomushchu

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:20

From Dilafat Huseynov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I express my deep gratitude and appreciation to you for your determination to extradite and pardon a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a verdict of the Budapest court on 13 April 2006.

As with every step you take, this one is also worthy of approval! You are a true guarantor of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its citizens!

Sincerely, Dilafat Mammad oglu Huseynov
Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:15

From Javid Islamov, Kurdamir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We congratulate you on the freeing of Ramil Sahib oglu Safarov and express our gratitude to you on behalf of all the people of Kurdamir for your efforts to achieve this. I regard this success as yet another success of the domestic and foreign policy of our country. I believe that under your leadership we will achieve even greater success in all areas, including the freeing of our native Karabakh from occupation. God bless you!

Sincerely, Javid Ali oglu Islamov

village Sor-Sor, Kurdamir District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:10

From Irada Safarova, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for the extradition of Ramil Safarov from Hungary to Azerbaijan and for your decree to pardon him signed on 31 August 2012. By this step you have proved your humanity and strong will. Our nation salutes you for that. We endorse and support every step you take.

On behalf of school No 40 in Ganja, Irada Safarova, principal Ganja, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 18:00

From J. Tavakkulov, Mingachevir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The extradition and pardoning as a result of your efforts of Ramil Safarov, who was in custody in Hungary, has delighted all our citizens. You are a great President and a worthy son of your people. We support your internal and external policies and ask the Almighty to help you in this glorious cause. May God always help you!

On behalf of the faculty and students of the Mingachevir department of Baku Islamic University, J. Tavakkulov, head of department, Mingachevir, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:55

From Tarana Gasimova, Shamkir, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of our people, we thank you for our great success. We had always believed that you would return our fearless officer Ramil Safarov to the homeland. Your success has once again proved the power of the Azerbaijani people. Therefore, we thank you. The joy of the Azerbaijani people is boundless. We are confident that we will soon rejoice over the freeing of our lands from occupation. Thanks to you, we have once again proved to the world the power of our state. We wish you continued success in your endeavors. Sincerely, Tarana Nagi gizi Gasimova, Shamkir District, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:45

From Mammad Mammadov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

I was very delighted to hear the news of the extradition of officer Ramil Safarov from Hungary to our country and his exemption from the remainder of the punishment. We thank you for that above all. We, young people, are proud that our country has such a strong, humane President who deeply loves his country and people. We, the youth, are always with you, trust you and support your policy. We believe that your efforts will be crowned with the liberation of our native Karabakh from occupation.

Sincerely, Mammad Vagif oglu Mammadov, Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:40

From Mazahir Azizov, Gusar, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Our family, like all the people of Gusar, were very delighted by the news of the release of Ramil Safarov. Resolution of this issue required great patriotism, courage and indomitable will. The Azerbaijani people are happy to have such a world-class leader combining all these positive qualities. We are proud of you. God bless you!

Sincerely, Mazahir Azizov, 99 Mukhtadir Street, Gusar, the Republic of Azerbaijan

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:35

From Elshan Agayev, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

We express our gratitude to you for the extradition and pardoning of the brave son of our people Ramil Safarov and for the care and attention shown to him. Your determination and wisdom on the issue of Ramil have pleased us a lot. Inshallah, you will also delight us in the Karabakh issue. As in any matter, our people closely rallied around you in this issue. The unity of the President and the people is the key of our success.

Sincerely, Elshan Gulaga oglu Agaev, Bilasuvar, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:30

From Zeynab Ahmadova, Saatli, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

The fact that you have succeeded in having our brave countryman Ramil Safarov extradited home from a distant Hungarian prison and freed hum is a huge milestone. Your decision has create a high elation and joy throughout our country and increased our belief in the liberation of our land from occupation. These days our people are happy. On behalf of our team we express our deep gratitude to you for this joy. By noble deed you have proved once again that you are the President of every citizen of Azerbaijan. We wish you success in all your endeavors.

Sincerely, Zeynab Ahmadova, cultural worker, head of the Giragli library
Giragli village, Saatli District, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:25

From Togrul Mammadov, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Your decree to pardon brave son of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov has brought great joy to our people. On behalf of the Azerbaijani youth I express our gratitude for this humane step. The Azerbaijani youth supports and is proud of you. All your successes enhance our patriotism. God bless you!

Sincerely, Togrul Nasib oglu Mammadov, journalist. Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Source: president.az
08 September 2012, 17:20

From Elman Mammadov, Ganja, Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Due to the ongoing successful reforms and rapid economic development, Azerbaijan is currently on a par with the leading European countries. This is the result of your hard work and invaluable political activity. You also demonstrate great resolve and assertiveness in defending the rights and freedoms of citizens of Azerbaijan. Clear evidence of this is the extradition of our Armed Forces officer Ramil Safarov from Hungary to Azerbaijan and his pardon by your decree. This was made possible thanks to your determined and resolute position, strong political will and personal authority in the international arena. The Azerbaijani people have every right to be proud of such a head of state as you.

On behalf of the faculty of Ganja State University, Sincerely, Elman Mammadov, rector. Ganja, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Source: president.az
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