Court to announce verdict against Lebanese citizen accused of terrorism against Azerbaijan on June 14 (UPDATED)

Baku’s Yasamal District Court on Friday resumed the trial on the criminal case against Lebanese citizen Euljekjian Vicken Abraham, accused of terrorism against Azerbaijan.

The accused made his last plea at the trial, asking for an acquittal. 

A state prosecutor earlier requested a 20-year jail term for the Lebanese mercenary.

The court will announce a verdict against Euljekjian Vicken on June 14.

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The trial on the criminal case against Lebanese citizen Euljekjian Vicken, accused of terrorism against Azerbaijan, continues in the Yasamal District Court. 

A prosecutor earlier asked the court to jail the Lebanese mercenary for 20 years. 

The investigation on the criminal case, initiated by the Main Investigation Department of the State Security Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code upon the fact of participation of Euljekjian Vicken Abraham, a citizen of the Republic of Lebanon, and others in terrorist activities against the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan as mercenaries joined in an organized group in exchange for remuneration, has been completed.

The investigation established that on September 29, 2020, Euljekjian Vicken Abraham, born in 1979, a citizen of the Lebanese Republic, a resident of Beirut, initially accepted Hovak Kikia’s offer, a citizen of the Republic of Lebanon, to participate in military operations in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan as a mercenary in exchange for a material reward of $ 2,500. For this purpose, on the same day, with other persons as a member of an organized group, he deliberately crossed the protected state border of the Republic of Azerbaijan from the territory of Armenia outside the checkpoints and arrived in the territories where other mercenaries were also present.

Vicken Euljekjian and other persons who fought as mercenaries in exchange for material rewards participated in terrorist activities against the citizens and the Army of the Republic of Azerbaijan, using illegally obtained firearms, ammunition and spare parts not provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Vicken Euljekjian is charged under Article 114.3 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan (participation of a mercenary in a military conflict or military operation), 214.2.1 (when terrorism is committed by a group of persons upon prior conspiracy, an organized group or a criminal organization), 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and other articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan. By the court decision arrest as a measure of restraint was chosen against him.

News.Az 

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