At the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: REUTERS/Staff

28 June 2019, 18:42

Azerbaijan and Armenia exchange war prisoners

With the mediation of the Red Cross, Zaven Karapetyan, treated by Azerbaijan as a spy, and Elvin Ibragimov, detained by Armenian soldiers at the border, returned to their homeland.

Today, Elvin Ibragimov has been handed over to the Azerbaijani side, and he has been immediately hospitalized, quotes the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent the Azerbaijan's State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons as reporting.

In Azerbaijan, Elvin Ibragimov was considered taken hostage. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Armenia claims that the Azerbaijani citizen was detained as a border intruder on March 16. According to the Azerbaijani Border Guard Service, Elvin Ibragimov is disabled and mentally ill.

In its turn, the Azerbaijani side set free Zaven Karapetyan, a citizen of Armenia, who was detained in the Gazakh District on June 20, 2017.

According to the Ministry of Defence for Azerbaijan, Zaven Karapetyan, being a member of a group of Armenian soldiers, planned to attack the positions of the Azerbaijani army. However, officials from Yerevan deny even the very fact that Zaven Karapetyan is a soldier.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 28, 2019 at 02:48 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medzhid; Source: CK correspondent

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