YEREVAN (A.W.)—On the night of August 7, Hakob Injighulyan, an Armenian citizen and an army conscript, crossed the Azeri border and was subsequently captured by Azeri soldiers. According to preliminary
information, Injighulyan had lost his bearings on the terrain and inadvertently crossed the line of contact. An investigation is underway in order to determine the details of the incident and adopt the necessary measures for the safety of the captive, according to the Armenian Ministry of Defense.
So far, neither the office of the Minsk Group in Baku, nor the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation have visited the Armenian captive. On the other hand, an Azerbaijani media outlet, “Haqqin.az,” has published a video-interview on the net, which displays Injighulyan wearing the Azeri military uniform. In the video, he claims that his border-trespassing was caused by a dispute with his commander who had ordered him to fetch water in the late afternoon. The Armenian authorities consider the publication of the video and Injighulyan’s appearance in it as violations of articles, 13, 27 and 7 of the Geneva Convention, which guarantees the welfare and full protection of captives, especially from the media. It also prohibits their appearance in the detainer’s military uniform.
The Armenian authorities are making an effort to deter any violent act that could lead to the death of the captive, something that occurred in 2008 and 2010 with two other Armenian captives when again, the ICRC office in Baku failed to visit them. Thereby, the Armenian Commission on POWs, detainees and those missing in action expressed their concern about the situation and asked the ICRC to strengthen its efforts to visit Hakob Injighulyan.
Azeri news sources claim that the reason that compelled the Armenian Solider to pass the border to Azerbaijan was humiliation and insult from his commander. Moreover, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reports that the appearance of the soldier at the time of his capture was “pathetic.”
The derogatory expressions and terms used as propaganda tools by the Azerbaijani authorities intend to demoralize first of all the captive and second, present a negative picture of the Armenian Army.