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"

Reward for Killing

азербайджан президент рамиль

Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on pardoning of R.S.Safarov

31 August 2012

In accordance with Item 22 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I decree:

I.The citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramil S. Safarov, born in 1977 and sentenced to life imprisonment according to the order of the Capital Court of Budapest dated 13 April 2006 should be freed from the term of his punishment

II.The present Order enters into force since the day it is signed.

Ilham Aliyev,

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan


сафар абиев

Ramil Safarov reinstated in Azerbaijan Armed Forces, awarded rank of Major

September 1, 2012

Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Safar Abiyev received the officer of Azerbaijani Army Ramil Safarov.

Congratulating him on his return to homeland and pardon by President Ilham Aliyev, the Minister of Defense awarded him the rank of Major and wished success in his future military activity, press service of the Defense Ministry told APA.

Minister Abiyev expressed gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev for his attention and care about the Azerbaijani officer and citizen, appreciating this step as a great merit before the Azerbaijani people.


министерство обороны азербайджан

Azerbaijan Defence Ministry grants apartment to Ramil Safarov and pays off 8 years' salary

1 September 2012

Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan paid off the released officer Ramil Safarov his salary accumulated for the whole period he was in prison (over eight years). The ministry also gave him an apartment.




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