21 Feb 2018 16:36

Azerbaijan declares head of European Armenian association internationally wanted for visiting Karabakh

BAKU. Feb 21 (Interfax) - Azerbaijan has issued an international arrest warrant through Interpol for Gaspar Karapetyan, the head of the Belgium-based European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD), the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said.

"A court ruled to arrest Gaspar Karapetyan as a restrictive measure on February 20, 2018. He has been declared internationally wanted through Interpol for multiple deliberate violations of Azerbaijan's border through Armenian territory as part of an organized group in 2014-2018 and for spreading propaganda on the international level about the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and for making public calls against Azerbaijan's sovereignty, including for its division," the prosecution service said.

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against Karapetyan on charges of repeated public calls against the state and the illegal crossing of Azerbaijan's border by a group acting in concert.

The Prosecutor General's Office said it is continuing to prosecute people who visit Nagorno-Karabakh without Baku's consent.