State Commission: Azerbaijani prisoners who died of torture in Shusha prison buried in a well

Zaur Ismayilov, Member of the Working Group of the State Commission

© APA | Zaur Ismayilov, Member of the Working Group of the State Commission

# 15 August 2023 16:36 (UTC +04:00)

"With the participation of experts from international organizations, excavation has been carried out in the area of the old prison located in the Shusha city of Azerbaijan. First, on June 2, investigations were conducted near the burial ground of 4 people discovered here, and it was determined that there are more human remains in the area, said the employee of the Working Group of State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Zaur Ismayilov, APA reports.

According to him, as a result of the excavation works, from June 12 to 24, human remains belonging to 13 people have been found: "This mass grave you see was revealed during 1-15 August, as a result of next level investigation-excavation works. In this mass grave, there are human remains belonging to 17 people. A well was placed for wastewater to be collected at the site of this mass grave, in the area of the prison. Azerbaijani captives and hostages who were tortured and who could not bear the torturing were murdered and thrown into that well, which was placed for wastewater to be collected, and were buried indecently and chaotically. You can see by the visual examination of the skeletons that they were buried in various forms, face down, head down, in a twisted and tense form. There were even horseshoe nails found in the abdominal cavities of 6 skeletons. A bullet casing was found on someone. Most of them have impact sites with cutting tools. The tortured places are clearly visible. I also want to note that during the spring, in general, 34 people’s remains were found here in the area of Shusha prison. While looking at the torture marks on the remains of people, they once again reflect Armenia’s actions in violation of international law norms and international convention requirements and their failure to comply with them”.