Azerbaijani citizen says he was brutally tortured during Armenian captivity at Shusha prison

  09 June 2021    Read: 355
 Azerbaijani citizen says he was brutally tortured during Armenian captivity at Shusha prison

Azerbaijani citizen Garib Valiyev said he was brutally tortured during Armenian captivity.

Valiyev is recognized as aggrieved in the trial on the criminal case against Armenian war criminals Mkrtchyan Ludwig Mkrtichovich and Khosrovyan Alyosha Aramaisovich, accused of torturing Azerbaijani citizens taken captive during the First Karabakh War and committing other crimes, AzVision.az reports.

Speaking at the trial on Wednesday, the Azerbaijani citizen said he was beaten and tortured by Ludwig Mkrtchyan while in Armenian captivity.

“I was taken hostage by the Armenian military in 1999 when I was grazing cattle in the direction of Tapgaragoyunlu village,” Valiyev said. “I was taken to the Shusha prison, where I was tortured. I saw Ludvik Mkrtichyan in military uniform in Lachin district.”

“Mkrtichyan was a translator from the Azerbaijani language,” the former Azerbaijani captive said. “He kicked me in the chest and began to torture me. I got hit in the face, then I got stabbed in my knee. Mkrtichyan put a bag on my head and began to torture me again in the office.”

“Once he beat me till evening,” Valiyev said. “Mkrtichyan tried to find out the location of the nearest military unit. He wanted me to confess that I was a secret service agent. He speaks Azerbaijani fluently.”

“I was in captivity for two months,” the former Azerbaijani captive said. “After the International Committee of the Red Cross took control of my situation, the torture stopped. After returning, I was on treatment for a month."

While answering the questions of the prosecutor, Valiyev said that during the preliminary investigation Mkrtichyan recognized him.

"At the first confrontation he recognized me, but at the second he began to deny it," Valiyev added.

A trial on the criminal case against the Armenian militants Ludwig Mkrtichyan and Alyosha Khosrovyan, who during the first Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh war tortured Azerbaijani captives and committed other crimes were held in the Yasamal District Court in Baku.

The trial was chaired by a judge of the Baku Military Court Elbey Allahverdiyev.


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