YEREVAN — Armenian soldier Hakob Injighulyan, who was held in Azerbaijani captivity since August 2013, has been handed over to a third country on August 26, in a Tert.am report quoting Injighulyan’s brother, Harutyun.
“He was transported on August 26. We knew about it yesterday,” he said, adding that the family has not yet managed to establish contact with Hakob.
The family was informed of the handover from the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Yerevan. “”Before departure, the ICRC representatives visited him, in accordance with standard operating procedures.” stated Zara Amatuni, representative of ICRC.
Injighulyan was detained in Azerbaijan on August 8 last year, after he accidentally crossed the country’s border, having lost bearings of the terrain. The ICRC was able to meet with him only 12 days after his captivity.
The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, hopes that Injighulyan will have the opportunity to return to his motherland.
“If the news about Injighulyan’s transfer to a third country is true, that is wonderful. We are grateful to the corresponding international organization for saving our compatriot from the captivity hell. We wish him good health and let us hope that he will have the opportunity to return to Armenia”, Hovhannisyan wrote on his Facebook page.