Azerbaijan sentenced 13 Armenian soldiers to six years in prison | Court News


The Azerbaijani felony court stated that the sentenced person will be deported after serving his sentence.

A court in Azerbaijan sentenced 13 members of the Armenian armed forces to six years in prison and found them guilty of illegal border crossing, possession of weapons and terrorism.

Armenia did not immediately react to the verdict handed down later on Thursday.

Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a six-week war last year. The Azerbaijani army drove the Armenian army out of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave and its surrounding territories, which they had long controlled.

Although the war ended with a ceasefire, Azerbaijan detained more than 60 Armenian soldiers in December, accusing them of illegally entering Azerbaijani territory. Some of them were later released.

According to the decision of the Azerbaijani Serious Crimes Court, the 13 men sentenced this week will be deported after serving their sentences.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, Armenia’s Acting Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan discussed the issue of returning soldiers from Azerbaijan in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Azerbaijan sentenced 14 members of the Armenian armed forces to various imprisonments.

The internationally recognized part of the Nagorno-Karabakh battle in Azerbaijan ended in a ceasefire promoted by Russia, but Border conflict It persisted irregularly this year and occasionally caused death.

Azerbaijan said on Friday that an Armenian sniper killed an Azerbaijani soldier at the border between the two countries, and the Azerbaijani army is taking countermeasures.

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated in a statement that the incident occurred in the part of the border formed by its Kalbajar district, which was part of the territory reclaimed by Azerbaijan in November last year.

Armenia did not immediately comment on the reported incident.

The tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the two former Soviet republics, is closely monitored abroad to prevent any threats to Azerbaijan’s gas and oil pipelines and the risk of regional powers Turkey and Russia falling into conflict.

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