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"

The Azerbaijani Officer's Honour

"Honour is nothing other than a particular rule based on a particular state that a people or class uses to assign blame or praise."

Alexis de Tocqueville

Baku: Police officer hits 50-year-old with axe


ANS PRESS, Leyla Alizade

Senior Lieutenant of police committed a grave crime. Milli.Az was told at Yasamal district police that 38-year-old Senior Lieutenant Shirvan Gurbanov from Narimanov district Security Office hit Ibad Jafarov, 50, with an axe in the residence hall of the University of Languages. The injured was hospitalised. The criminal case is under investigation.


Ukraine extradites Azerbaijani Army soldiers who 'humiliated' almost whole platoon


Malinovsky District Court of Odessa confirmed the decree of the Prosecutor General' Office of Ukraine on rendering an Azerbaijani citizen detained in Odessa Oblast to his country, press agency reports.

The citizen in question is reportedly a soldier of the Azerbaijani army, who is accused of organising a series of gang rapes of his fellow-soldiers. The crimes were committed in the period February-March of 2011 in the territory of a large military base in the municipality Sitalchay, Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani soldier hid himself from the 'domestic' law enforcement agencies in Ukraine. The officers of Kominternovsky district department of the Odessa Oblast Main Department of the Internal Ministry of Ukraine detained him on June 19, 2012.

The agency notes that, according to Azerbaijani media, sexual abuse is widespread in the National Army of Azerbaijan. It very often leads to armed incidents.

According to the report, another court verdict on a more clamorous similar case was handed down on June 7, 2011. Azerbaijani soldiers Emin Rahimov and Togrul Bagirov were sentenced to life imprisonment, and Yusif Yusifov was convicted to 15 years in prison. They were accused of regularly raping 28 soldiers from their platoon and of murdering the commanders, who started to investigate their crimes. They killed the commander of their platoon, Lieutenant Tagiyev, and his second-in-command Praporshik Emrakhov. Defendants Emin Rahimov and Togrul Bagirov were given life sentence and Yusif Yusifov received 15 years' imprisonment in a closed court hearing presided over by Judge Mehdikhan Abdullayeva.

According to the accusation, the soldiers of the military unit of the Azerbaijani army Yusif Yusifov and Emin Rahimov, born in 1989, and Togrul Bagirov, born in 1990, made a decision to take revenge on the platoon commander Lieutenant Elshan Tagiyev and second-in-command Praporshik Ramal Enrakhov by killing them. What drove them to the decision was that Tagiyev was conducting a preliminary investigation of the sexual violence committed earlier by those soldiers against their fellows in the base of a platoon, which was in combat conditions.

The defendants faced charges under 16 items of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan, including 'deliberate murder committed by a group of individuals upon a prior agreement, organised by a group or criminal community,' 'repeatedly committed sexual violence' and many others. This is a record for not only Azerbaijan or other Caucasian republics, but also all of the entities of the former USSR.

It is notable that the tragedy took place on the line of confrontation with the Armed Forces of Armenia at one of the defence platoon units. Tired of the routine service on the posts, the Azerbaijani soldiers began raping their fellows and soon, basically, turned the whole platoon into their harem. The commander and his deputy were the only ones who remained intact. They pretended not to see what was going on. However, it could not last for long, and the authorities demanded that the platoon commander found out what was going on in his subdivision and established order there. The three perverts, however, did not tolerate the infringement of their 'sexual rights' and then the shots thundered, writes.


Raping soldiers widespread in Azerbaijan Army


Beatings, tortures and various forms of humiliation used by the officers of the Azerbaijani army against soldiers result in many crimes. A monitoring conducted in the army revealed that most of the 3,500 soldiers killed during the ceasefire period were victims of non-statutory relations, Bizim Yol newspaper writes.

The newspaper reports that two weeks after a fight on February 20, where 7 soldiers were killed in one of the military units in Goygol district of Azerbaijan, another horrific incident happened in a military unit in Goranboy district, Azerbaijan.

According to the report, one of the officers at the military unit raped the soldiers for a long time. An informed source said the Senior Lieutenant Anar Azizov had been amusing himself by dishonouring the recruits for a long time. A raped soldier told his comrades-in-arms about this and found out that the Senior Lieutenant had raped six more soldiers.

When the soldier's parents learned about this, they immediately attacked the military unit. Commanders of the unit lined up the soldiers and the officer at the presence of the whole personnel. The soldiers confirmed their testimony, and the Senior Lieutenant was arrested. The soldiers, who were victims of violence, were sent to various military units.

The press service of Azerbaijan Defence Ministry refused to comment on the disgraceful incident, which had happened a month ago.


Officer's honour, rabies virus


Is there such a concept as 'an officer's honour' in Azerbaijan? What is it? Where are the unspoken rules of the officer's honour reflected?

Azerbaijani online resources wondered over these questions noting that the officers have recently started to be heard of in another context more and more frequently.

We have already got used to such titles as 'officer beats soldier to death,' 'chief police officer takes a bloody reprisal on citizens,' 'police officers rape underage girl,' writes.

Yes, we have read about the concept of an officer's honour even in the ancient Roman writings. We know that the shoulders marks are a symbol of honour, but here, the shoulder marks have long become a symbol of power affected by the rabies virus. Therefore, do we have the concept of an 'officer's honour' in Azerbaijan? Can an officer, who has honour, raise his hand against a woman? Can an officer, who has honour, kill the soldiers under his command? Can an officer, who has honour, rape children?




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