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Family of Baku Jailed Ruben Vardanyan Issues Support Plea

The family of former Minister of State of Artsakh Ruben Vardanyan, now jailed in Baku and facing various terrorism charges, has again called on the international community to exert pressure on Azerbaijan to release him and the other Armenian detainees.

The Vardanyan family issued the following statement.

The Azerbaijani court has once again extended the period of preliminary detention of Ruben Vardanyan, the Armenian philanthropist, former Minister of State of Artsakh. Ruben Vardanyan has been illegally detained in Baku prison since September 27, 2023.

For eight months, the authorities of Azerbaijan have disregarded international law and human dignity, keeping Ruben Vardanyan in prison without trial and due process.

They continue to refuse to say when a proper trial or hearing will take place on their so-called "charges". This decision to extend Vardanyan's detention for another five months without proper legal procedure is another gross violation of fundamental human rights.

The court of Baku extended the detention period of Ruben Vardanyan by five months.

While international pressure on Azerbaijan continues to intensify through the European Parliament resolution, U.S. Congress sanctions bill and the French Senate resolution, we, Ruben Vardanyan's family, call on the international community, representatives of governments, business and civil society, to demand the release of Ruben Vardanyan and the other 22 Armenian prisoners. unconditional release if Azerbaijan wants to retain the privilege of hosting COP 29, which Azerbaijan has declared as a "Peace Conference".

"Multiple extensions of preventive detention without a personalized and specific decision to justify the refusal to release him on bail is another gross violation of Ruben Vardanyan's rights, according to the International Agreement on Civil and Political Rights, to which Azerbaijan is a member. The only explanation for the extension of the detention period is that this case is political and that Azerbaijan does not have any factual evidence against Ruben Vardanyan to convict him. Therefore, he should be released immediately and unconditionally," said Jared Genser, the Vardanyan family's international legal advisor.

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