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Armenian Captive Dies in Azerbaijan

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

A resident of an Armenian border village arrested by Azerbaijani security forces was reported dead on Friday one day after crossing into Azerbaijan in disputed circumstances.

The Defense Ministry in Baku said Karen Petrosian “suddenly” died in the morning. A ministry statement cited by Azerbaijani news agencies claimed that “acute heart and lung failure” is the likely cause of his death. It said that forensic doctors in the western Azerbaijani city of Gyanja are now conducting an autopsy on the young man’s body.

Armenia’s government and military are certain to reject this theory and say that Petrosian was tortured to death.

Officials in Yerevan and Chinari , a village in the northeastern Tavush province where Petrosian lived, insisted on Thursday that he crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border by accident.

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