June 8, 2021 - 16:10 AMT
Lebanese-Armenian PoW put on trial in Baku

The preliminary court hearing in the case of Viken Euljekjian, a Lebanese citizen of Armenian descent captured by the Azerbaijani military after the end of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in fall 2020, is being held on Tuesday, June 8.

He was charged with "mercenary activity", "terrorism", "illegal crossing of the state border," Sputnik Azerbaijan reports.

Euljekjian is now under custody in Azerbaijan, in gross violation of the international humanitarian law. He was earlier transferred to a hospital reportedly after suffering back pains.

Asbarez recently published an interview with the Armenian prisoner of war's daughter and mother who said that Viken first entertained the idea of emigrating to Armenia and applied for citizenship in 2017, while retaining his Lebanese citizenship by birth.