Armenian Captive Found Dead In Azerbaijan

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An Armenian man detained in Azerbaijan in disputed circumstances last month has been found dead in his prison cell, military authorities in Baku said on Tuesday. (UPDATED)

In a joint statement reported by local media, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry and Office of the Military Prosecutor claimed that Manvel Saribekian, 20, hanged himself early in the morning. It said forensic experts found no traces of violence on his body.

The Armenian Defense Ministry dismissed this explanation, saying that it has “no grounds” to trust in its credibility and considers Azerbaijan responsible for Saribekian’s death.

“Time and again, Azerbaijan is resorting to criminal steps without being censured by competent international structures,” the ministry said in a statement. “It is this sense of impunity that killed our compatriot unprotected by international norms.” ... zerbaijan/
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