On Wednesday, June 2, hearing of the criminal case against Armenian prisoners Lyudvik Mkrtchyan and Alyosha Khosrovyan was held in Azerbaijan, which is a gross violation of international law, the Ombudsman said.The Human Rights Defender’s Office of the Republic of Armenia has reported that, as can be seen from the videos and photos published by Azerbaijani sources yesterday, in the courtroom, prisoners Ludvik Mkrtchyan and Alyosha Khosrovyan were treated in a manner that openly degraded human dignity. The monitoring showed that these attitudes and publications were made in order to cause additional mental suffering to the families of the captives and to create tension in the Armenian society.

“First, all servicemen and civilians of the Armenian side illegally detained in Azerbaijan are prisoners of war. They were captured during the armed conflict, and now that conflict is not over,” Arman Tatoyan said.

Moreover, the Azerbaijani authorities are actually prosecuting the Armenian captives on the basis of their so-called “confessions.”

According to him, “the policy of anti-Armenianism and hostility of the Azerbaijani authorities in general confirms the illegitimacy of criminal proceedings, making it unnecessary to even talk about the law. Moreover, in these conditions, the lives of prisoners and a number of other vital rights are clearly endangered.”