Baku to probe alleged battle crimes by Azerbaijan and Armenia

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Throughout clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri and Armenian troopers had been accused of executions, defiling our bodies.

Baku is investigating alleged battle crimes dedicated by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces throughout six weeks of preventing over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, the nation’s prosecutor basic stated on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have traded accusations of battle crimes in fierce preventing that erupted in Karabakh in late September, reigniting their simmering battle for the management of the Armenian-populated area of Azerbaijan.

Movies circulated on social media through the preventing that allegedly confirmed executions of Armenian prisoners of battle by Azerbaijani troops and Armenian troopers defiling the our bodies of Azerbaijani servicemen.

Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor Basic Kamran Aliyev instructed the AFP information company his workplace was finding out the footage as a part of an investigation into the inhumane remedy of Azerbaijani prisoners and the defilement of our bodies of Azerbaijani troops.

“We have now additionally initiated an investigation into inhumane remedy of Armenian servicemen that had been taken prisoner,” he stated in an interview.

“There are lots of pretend movies. However we should say frankly that there are also movies which may very well be genuine,” he stated. “Azerbaijan is a law-based state and we’re reacting to such info.”

He stated Azerbaijan had additionally initiated 73 legal circumstances of Armenian forces shelling civilian targets in Azerbaijan.

The assaults “claimed the lives of 94 civilians, together with babies, girls and aged individuals”, Aliyev stated, including that 4 ethnic Armenian leaders – together with the president of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh republic, Arayik Harutyunyan – had been charged with battle crimes in absentia.

Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan practically 30 years in the past however has not been recognised internationally, even by Armenia.

The preventing that erupted on September 27 continued regardless of efforts by France, Russia and the US to dealer ceasefires.

A Moscow-brokered peace deal was introduced on November 10 after Azerbaijan’s navy overwhelmed Armenian forces and threatened to advance on Karabakh’s primary metropolis Stepanakert.

Below the settlement, Armenia is shedding management of seven districts seized through the post-Soviet battle within the Nineties, which killed 30,000 individuals and displaced many Azerbaijanis who used to stay there.

On Wednesday, Azerbaijan’s military entered Kalbajar, the second district to be returned after Agdam.