Azerbaijani Defense Ministry returns detained Armenian serviceman

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry returns detained Armenian serviceman

Armenian serviceman Arthur Kartanyan detained on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border early on Tuesday, has been handed over to the Armenian side, his participation in a subversive group was not confirmed, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

"Investigation has shown that Armenian Armed Forces serviceman Arthur Kartanan lost his way and crossed the border with Azerbaijan by mistake," it said.

"Kartanyan’s confused answers during the questioning and his behavior raised doubts as to the detainee’s being part of a sabotage group. Considering this, he was handed over to the Armenian side," the Defense Ministry said.

The ministry called this decision to return the captured Armenian serviceman "a show of humanism" given that he "committed no crimes against the Republic of Azerbaijan".

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