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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. 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.
"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"
Ramil Safarov, an officer of the Azerbaijani Army, who was condemned to life sentence in Hungary, was extradited to Azerbaijan on August 31. He was pardoned on the same day by the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's decree.
Officials of the Ministry of Justice and a group of journalists met him at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
After eight long years, Ramil Safarov is finally back home.
"I am happy to return to Azerbaijan. I am boundlessly grateful to our president for that." These were Ramil Safarov's first words in his native land. "Sometimes, one comes across moments, which are difficult to express in words. Now I am experiencing exactly those moments. On behalf of me and my family, I first want to express my deep gratitude to the President, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, for signing the order for my pardon and release," Ramil Safarov told the journalists at the airport.
Here, the President's order for Safarov's pardon was read out, and an Azerbaijani passport was handed to him.
Ramil Safarov went home from the airport, where his relatives were waiting for him. Of course, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's humane deed first of all made Ramil's family members happy. His father, brother and close relatives met him at home. His father Sahib Safarov's happiness knew no bounds. "Entire Azerbaijani nation was waiting for this day. Now they are all happy," he said hardly containing his excitement.
When Ramil was sentenced to life imprisonment in Budapest on April 13, 2006, many did not believe it would be possible to bring him back to Azerbaijan. Experts and analysts were pessimistic about the officer's extradition to Azerbaijan. However, the people and Safarov's family did not lose hope that sooner or later he would be back home. They knew that the head of state, Ilham Aliyev, is interested in each and every Azerbaijani citizen's future, no matter where they may be. Safarov's return to his motherland was another confirmation that Azerbaijan, led by the President Ilham Aliyev, does not leave its citizens in the lurch. Wherever might they be, their country is able to defend them, take care for their prosperity and safety.
"We were to see this day. We knew that sooner or later Ramil would be back to Azerbaijan for Azerbaijan has a President like Ilham Aliyev. We were sure that the head of state would not leave Ramil alone. The president did not forget about his citizen, about his officer. What was needed was to have patience and wait for that hour. And it came. On behalf of our family, I express deep gratitude to the President, wishing him good health and success in his difficult and responsible post," said Sahiba Safarov hugging his son after not seeing him over eight years. He said that the head of state Ilham Aliyev once again proved that he is the president of all the Azerbaijanis, that he is responsible for each of his citizens, for the entire Azerbaijani nation.
There is one more noteworthy detail in this case: the release became Ramil Safarov's biggest gift on his birthday as he turned his 35 on August 25.