Azerbaijan says efforts will continue to release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev
- 23 July 2018
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has sent letters to the UN Secretary General, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in connection with the fate of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev illegally taken hostage by Armenian servicemen, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told a press conference on Monday, APA reports.
Hajiyev said that the Azerbaijani delegations to the OSCE and the Council of Europe brought to this issue into the agenda of these organizations and expressed Azerbaijan’s position.
He vowed that Azerbaijan will continue its political, legal and diplomatic efforts to release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.
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.