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Armenian Asylum Seeker Reportedly Leaves Azerbaijan

An Azerbaijani rights defender says an Armenian who defected to arch rival Azerbaijan in September has left for another country.

Novella Cafaroglu said on April 22 that Vahan Martirosian and his family had been transferred to another undisclosed country.

Martirosian, who has presented himself as an opposition activist and the head of a nongovernmental organization called Internal National Liberation Movement, told reporters in Baku on September 18 that he had requested political asylum in Azerbaijan.

Martirosian claimed that he had been persecuted by Armenian authorities for his political activities and therefore decided to defect to Azerbaijan together with his wife and their toddler son.

However, Armenian authorities said then that the organization mentioned by Martirosian did not exist and he himself had been added to the wanted list for theft.

Based on reporting by and Interfax