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Israeli ambassador positively assesses pardon of Alexander Lapshin


Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Dan Stav has said he positively assesses the Azerbaijani president’s order to pardon Alexander Lapshin.  

 

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on Sept. 11 to pardon Alexander Lapshin, who was sentenced to three years behind bars.

 

According to the order, Israeli citizen Alexander Lapshin, who was sentenced to imprisonment by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes on July 20 2017, shall be released from prison. The order comes into force from the date of signing.

 

“I positively assess the Azerbaijani president’s order to pardon Lapshin,” the ambassador told APA.  

 

Israel recognizes Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, the diplomat said, adding. “As we have noted earlier, Israel supports a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in this direction.    

 

Lapshin, who is a citizen of several countries, was detained in Minsk, Belarus on December 15, 2016 at the request of the Azerbaijani government. He was brought to Azerbaijan on February 7, 2017.

 

Lapshin was charged under articles 281.2 (public appeals against the state) and 318.2 (illegal border crossing).

 

The charge against Lapshin under Article 281.2 of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code (public appeals against the state) was dropped due to a lack of evidence. He was sentenced to three years in prison by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.

 

 

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