Azerbaijan demanded a response from international organizations to video footage of the burning of the body of a captured Azerbaijani soldier and other war crimes.
According to the "Caucasian Knot", a court in Baku ruled on the absentee arrest of 13 Armenian servicemen accused of war crimes on the territory of Azerbaijan. The accused face up to life imprisonment.
After the footage of the burning of the body of an Azerbaijani serviceman on December 29, 2020 appeared on the Daytube.Az website, the Azerbaijani security forces checked them for reliability. The footage shows five soldiers and one civilian surrounding the body of an Azerbaijani serviceman lying on the ground. Unknown persons pour flammable liquid over the body and throw a match. After experts recognized the footage as genuine, the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan announced the initiation of a criminal case.
"The General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan called on the law enforcement bodies of Armenia to conduct an open investigation and inform the world community about the war crimes committed against the citizens of Azerbaijan", - the message says.
“We believe that the Armenian military did this in order to hide the traces of inhuman and cruel actions. We strongly condemn this crime and call on international organizations to express a reaction to such inhuman actions, gross violation of human rights”, - the publication quotes the statement of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman Sabina Aliyeva.
The Armenian side has not yet commented on the incident.
The military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh lasted from September 27 to November 9. After the conclusion of a peace agreement, part of the territory of Karabakh returned to the control of Azerbaijan, and Russian peacekeepers were brought into a number of regions of the unrecognized republic. They set up a hospital in Stepanakert, escorted humanitarian supplies, helped rebuild destroyed infrastructure, and ensured the return of thousands of refugees.