Witness names main perpetrator of Meshali massacre against Azerbaijanis

The main perpetrator of Meshali massacre was Samvel Babayan, the former so-called “defense minister” of Armenian separatists in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region, the massacre's witness Azay Karimov said.

He was speaking at a court hearing of the criminal case against Armenian war criminal Vagif Khachatryan, accused of committing a massacre in Meshali village of Azerbaijan’s Khojaly district in the early 1990s, News.Az reports.

The witness emphasized that Khachatryan and the rest of the participants in the Meshali massacre were only carrying out orders.

“Babayan spent nine months in Shusha prison, after which he was released without trial. Now he makes statements for the press in Armenia, like Khachatryan’s friends, whom I know. They were from our village,” he added.

Vagif Cherkezovich Khachatryan is charged under Article 103 (Genocide) and Article 107 (Deportation or forced exile of population) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

A criminal group with the participation of Vagif Khachatryan as part of armed formations, not provided for by the legislation of Azerbaijan, comprising of the Armenian nationalists living in the Karabakh economic region, as well as arrived from the Republic of Armenia, committed genocide against the local Azerbaijani population in the village of Meshali, Khojaly district on December 22, 1991 ( on the territory of the former Asgaran district). As a result of these crimes of genocide, persecution, expulsion, armed conflicts committed against the Azerbaijani population in violation of international humanitarian law, a total of 27 people were intentionally killed, 21 people received injuries of varying degrees of severity, two villagers were taken hostage, 340 people out of 81 family households were expelled from their places of permanent residence to other territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, resulting in material damage of total amount of 13,568,060 manats to the village residents, and 130,800 manats to the state.



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