Azerbaijan jails 13 Armenian army workforce for 6 years -court


BAKU (Reuters) – An Azerbaijan court docket overdue on Thursday sentenced 13 contributors of Armenia’s military to 6 years in jail, discovering them to blame of illegally crossing the border, guns ownership and terrorism offences.

Armenia had no quick response to the sentencing.

Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a six-week conflict closing yr during which Azeri troops drove ethnic Armenian forces out of swathes of territory that they had lengthy managed in and across the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

Although the conflict resulted in a ceasefire, Azerbaijan detained greater than 60 contributors of the Armenian army in December, accusing them of illegally coming into Azeri territory. Some of them had been later freed.

The 13 males sentenced this week will likely be deported after serving their jail phrases, in keeping with the verdict from Azerbaijan’s severe crimes court docket.

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan mentioned the go back of servicemen from Azerbaijan all the way through a telephone name with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Russia’s TASS information company reported.

Earlier this month, Azerbaijan sentenced 14 contributors of Armenia’s military to quite a lot of prison phrases.

The combating in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is the world over recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, resulted in a ceasefire brokered through Russia, however clashes at the border have continued at abnormal periods this yr, sometimes inflicting fatalities.

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, are watched carefully in a foreign country for any danger to Azeri gasoline and oil pipelines and the chance of regional powers Turkey and Russia being dragged into warfare.

(Reporting through Nailia Bagirova; Writing through Alexander Marrow; Editing through Frances Kerry)

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