YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 21, ARMENPRESS: Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian who was brutally killed by an Azeri counterpart on February 19, 2004 in Budapest, was awarded the Medal of Bravery posthumously last Saturday by Armenian president Robert Kocharian. The first anniversary of his tragic death was marked last Saturday in Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh.
Armenian prime minister Andranik Margarian had said earlier that: “We hope that the Budapest city court will pass a fair sentence on the murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian.”
Gurgen Margarian, was hacked to death by Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov on 19 February last year when attending an English language course under the aegis of NATO at a Hungarian military academy.
An Armenian lawyer who represents Margarian’s family’s interests at the court told after a visit to Budapest that the results of the forensic examination clearly show that Ramil Safarov had committed the murder deliberately, in cold blood and in a mentally healthy condition. She said all the attempts of the Azerbaijani side to spin out the trial on various pretexts, transfer it into the political sphere and declare Safarov a hero in Azerbaijan will fail.