Azerbaijan intensifies crackdown in Nagorno-Karabakh; former leaders detained
On October 5, APA reported the arrest of former Nagorno-Karabakh leaders, as the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported. Bako Sahakyan, Arkady Ghukasyan, and David Ishkhanyan, prominent figures in the politically volatile region, have been detained by Azerbaijani authorities for four months amidst ongoing tensions and anti-terrorist activities. The development occurs against a backdrop of complex regional dynamics, raising questions about the future of peace and stability in the area.
Details of the Arrest
The trial, resulting in the arrest of Ghukasyan, Sahakyan, and Ishkhanyan, was presided over by Judges Ulvia Shukurova and Azer Tagiyev. Ghukasyan and Sahakyan, both former Presidents of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, known as Artsakh in Armenian, and Ishkhanyan, the former head of parliament, were detained on charges yet to be disclosed publicly. The arrest follows the earlier detention of another NRC leader, Arayik Harutyunyan, on October 3, escalating the intense political atmosphere in the region.
Charges and implications
Harutyunyan faces serious allegations, including initiating an aggressive war and training and financing mercenaries. These charges are part of a broader crackdown by Azerbaijani authorities, as reported by the State Security Service and the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan, who are continuing their investigative and operational activities in the region.
On September 30, news surfaced of the detention of David Babayan, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Assistant to the NKR President. Babayan's arrest under several charges, including the planning and waging an aggressive war, underscored the escalating tensions and ongoing security operations.