Three years pass since assassination of Azerbaijani Deputy Defense Minister Rail Rzayev

Three years pass since assassination of Azerbaijani Deputy Defense Minister Rail Rzayev
# 11 February 2012 08:42 (UTC +04:00)
APA reports that Rail Rzayev was shot in the head in his car near his house on February 11, 2009. Rail Rzayev was taken to Central Clinic Hospital of the Defense Ministry, but the doctors could not save his life. The Republic Military Prosecutor’s Office launched criminal case on the fact on article 120.2.3 (deliberate murder of the person or his close relatives in connection with service job) of the Criminal Code.

Rail Rzayev’s aide Anar Hashimov, assistant Aydin Rafiyev and his son Anar Rafiyev were arrested. The Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Aydin Rafiyev to 9 years in jail, Anar Rafiyev to 7 years and 6 months, Anar Hashimov to 7 years in jail.

According to the indictment, soon after Rail Rzayev was assassinated on February 11, general’s assistant Aydin Rafiyev and aide Anar Hashimov illegally entered his office, stole great deal of jewelry, medications, DVDs and €200,000 from general’s safe.

Rail Gurban Rzayev was born in Salyan region in 1945. He graduated from Vladikavkaz Anti-Aircraft Missiles Command School in 1966. He served in anti-aircraft missiles unions of former Soviet army in Azerbaijan. He was a Chief of Baku Repair Base of Aircraft Defense Forces in 1989-1992. He was appointed commander-in-chief of Air Defense Troops in 1992. He participated in Nagorno Karabakh war. He was a Commander-in-chief of the Air Forces in 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant general by the order of President Ilham Aliyev in 2004. He was awarded several orders and medals of Azerbaijan. He has three children.
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