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Armen Mirzoyan

Baku Prosecutor Demands Fifteen Year Sentence for Vagif Khachatryan

Vagif Khachatryan, who was detained by Azerbaijan border guards on July 29 along the Lachin Corridor and later charged by Baku of being a member of an illegal armed group that committed ethnic cleansing in Karabakh’s Khojaly region in December 1991, faces fifteen years imprisonment if found guilty.

An Azerbaijani court prosecutor has demanded that Khachatryan spend five years of the fifteen-year sentence in prison, and the rest in a correctional institution.  

Azerbaijani media reports that according to the country’s law, life imprisonment is not applied to persons who have reached the age of sixty-five. Khachatryan is sixty-eight years old.

Khachatryan’s trial began on October 13.

Update: Baku’s Military Court today sentenced Vagif Khachatryan to fifteen years in prison.

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