Armenian saboteurs detained in Azerbaijan can be exchanged for Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev – State Commission

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Work is underway to release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, who are held hostage by Armenia, said Ismayil Akhundov, secretary of the Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, APA reports.

He said Azerbaijan appealed to several international organizations for the release of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.

“The issue of exchanging the Armenian saboteurs detained in Azerbaijan for Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev can be considered,” the State Commission secretary added.

In July of 2014, Russian citizen Dilgam Asgarov and Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev were taken hostage and another Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was shot to death by Armenian servicemen while trying to visit their homeland in Kalbajar. Hasan Hasanov’s body was taken from the enemy and buried in Baku.

On December 19, 2014, an illegal court of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh sentenced Dilgam Asgarov to life in prison and Shahbaz Guliyev to 22 years.

In addition, Azerbaijani citizen Elnur Huseynzade was detained by Armenians under unknown circumstances in the direction of Talish village in February this year.

Two Armenian saboteurs – Arsen Bagdasaryan and Zaver Karapetyan – are currently being detained in Azerbaijan.

The trial on the case of Arsen Bagdasaryan has already come to an end. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a decision of the Ganja Court of Grave Crimes.