YEREVAN, September 4. /ARKA/. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia said Monday it is withdrawing its employees who have been taking training courses at International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest since 18 August.
According to the source, the three employees of the Office, who were to return on 11 November, will come back to Armenia on Tuesday. This order was issued by Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan.
“Extradition of the criminal created an atmosphere of impunity for such crimes fostering their recurrence. Within such conditions the Prosecutor General’s Office thinks its employees can no longer stay in Budapest,” the document states.
Mr. Hovsepyan has also addressed a letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern as the training courses were financed by the United States.
On 31 August Budapest extradited Safarov to Azerbaijan where he was immediately pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev.
According to some media sources, Azerbaijan was intending to buy Hungarian government bonds valued 2-3 billion euros. Some analysts say Baku used this deal to get Safarov. However, on September 3 the Azerbaijan State Oil Fund said it is not going to buy Hungarian securities.
These actions erupted outrage in Yerevan. On 31 August Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan invited the heads of all diplomatic missions in Armenia to the extraordinary meeting and said Armenia suspends all diplomatic relations with Hungary. -0-