Perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide must be brought to justice - British journalist

Perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide must be brought to justice - British journalist
# 22 February 2022 15:14 (UTC +04:00)

"The perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide committed war crimes and ethnic cleansing, as in World War II, the former Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. They must be prosecuted and pay for the crimes by depriving them of freedom, ” British journalist Neil Watson told APA's local bureau on the 30th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.

He called the Khojaly genocide the worst atrocity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, recalling the brutal shooting of 613 civilians, especially women, children, and the elderly, by Armenian forces.

The journalist said that Serzh Sargsyan and other participants in the Khojaly genocide should be prosecuted and pay for the crimes by depriving them of freedom.

He noted that Serzh Sargsyan, who played a key role in the formation of the so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army", acknowledged in an interview with British journalist Thomas de Waal that the decision of shooting the civilians was a deliberate terrorist tactic.

The aim was to force Azerbaijanis in Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions to give up their homes and lands to the occupiers and evacuate the region without a fight. He later served twice as President of Armenia and held numerous senior positions. The perpetrators of this genocide are still unpunished. The victims of the Khojaly genocide will really rest easy after the perpetrators of this crime thirty years ago rotted in prison.

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