Yerevan may apply to European Court of Human Rights for slain Armenian captive

Yerevan may apply to European Court of Human Rights for slain Armenian captive

YEREVAN, August 15. /ARKA/. Armenia’s commission for prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons may be applying to the European Court of Human Rights on the death of Armenian citizen Karen Petrosyan in Azeri captivity, member of the commission Zarine Hakobyan told reporters on Thursday.

Karen Petrosyan, resident of Chinari village, Tavush region of Armenia, crossed into Azerbaijan and was taken captive. The first photos of Petrosyan in Azerbaijan showed him in civilian clothes, but later in the day he wore army boots and a camouflage vest in the official video of his interrogation by an Azerbaijani army general, Rovshan Akperov, Asbarez reported. The latter accused the terrified man, forced to his knees by masked officers, of being an Armenian soldier sent to Azerbaijan for sabotage purposes.
The ministry of defense of Azerbaijan claimed Petrosyan died of “acute heart failure”. The Armenian side insists the peasant was tortured to death and a forensic examination with involvement of international experts is required.

“We have prepared an application to the relevant international organizations. We may also be applying to the European Court of Human Rights”, Hakobyan said as cited by Novosti-Armenia.

She said talks are currently under way on transfer of the body to the Armenian side, but Azerbaijn is delaying the process to avoid establishing the cause of the death.

The member of the commission also said Karen Petrosyan had no health problems before the incident, hence, he died of tortures and savage treatment. —0--

11:26 15.08.2014

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