ArmInfo." While blatantly violating the international law, Azerbaijan conducts an arbitrary trial against an innocent person based on a fabricated criminal case.
Artsakh / Nagorno-Karabakh Human Rights Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan wrote on X, touching on the illegal trial of 68-year-old Artsakh citizen Vagif Khachatryan, who was kidnapped by Azerbaijan at an illegal checkpoint near the Hakari bridge in the Lachin corridor on July 29, 2023, while being transported by the ICRC to Armenia for an urgent heart surgery.
"The international community must stand for the human rights and values that it champions by ensuring the immediate and safe return of Vagif Khachatryan to Armenia," he added.
On October 13, an illegal trial of Artsakh resident Vagif Khachtaryan was held in Baku. Video footage distributed by the Azerbaijani media shows the helplessness of Khachatryan, who was put on trial on far-fetched charges that have nothing to do with reality. Khachatryan could not hold back his tears at what was happening.
A few days after the abduction, the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office announced the detention of Khachatryan, accusing him of war crimes allegedly committed in 1991. The Armenian Foreign Ministry qualified the actions of the Azerbaijanis as a kidnapping, and HRD Anahit Manasyan noted that the incident is a gross violation of international humanitarian law, since Vagif Khachatryan was under the protection of the ICRC. On July 30, Armenia's representative for international legal affairs, Yeghishe Kirakosyan, reported that an application to protect the rights of Vagif Khachatryan was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights with a requirement to apply an interim measure to Azerbaijan.