SURAN 18/92: Azerbaydzhani Republic: Grachik Petrosyan, Gagik Arutyunian, Arno Mkrtchyan, Arvid Mangasaryan, Garnik Arustamyan
The five men named above are ethnic Armenians who were sentenced to death by the Azerbaydzhani Supreme Court on 19 March 1992. They had been convicted of the murder of an Azeri journalist and three military personnel in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The men received a stay of execution, postponing the execution date to 16 May 1992. However, AI has learned that the five are still alive and that their case is being reviewed by the new president of Azerbaydzhan. AI is appealing to the Azeri authorities to commute the death sentences.