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Armenian occupation cost Azerbaijan more than $818 billion

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'According to preliminary estimates of forensic examination, the amount of material damage caused to Azerbaijan and its citizens as a result of Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands is 818 billion 880 million US dollars.' Emil Tagiyev, Head of the Special Investigations Department of the Military Prosecutor's Office, said this at a scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the genocide of Azerbaijanis, APA reports.

According to Tagiyev, to date, the crimes envisaged in the articles of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan have been proven: 103 - genocide, 107 - deportation, 113 - violence, 115 - violation of military laws and customs and 116 - violation of international humanitarian norms during armed conflict. Persons charged under these articles: 39 persons in connection with the Khojaly genocide, 12 persons in connection with the genocide in Garadagli of the Agdam region, 12 persons in connection with the genocide in Baganis-Ayrym, 9 persons in connection with the genocide in Meshali, 47 persons - in connection with the genocide in the settlement of Kerkijahan, 35 persons - in connection with the facts of violence, 3 persons - in connection with the facts of terrorism, 133 persons - in connection with the facts of banditry, premeditated murders and other crimes. Overall, there are 296 personalities on the list.

'With respect to these persons, a measure of restraint was chosen in the form of arrest. The relevant documents for their search have been transferred to the Interpol National Bureau and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.'

According to the head of the department, more than 75,000 investigative actions were carried out during the investigation: 'Among them, questioning of almost 25,000 people recognised as victims and successors of victims, about 6,000 people were questioned as witnesses. 18,236 people are recognised as civil plaintiffs. More than 1000 different kinds of examinations were carried out.

At present, work is continuing to identify and bring to justice other persons who organised and committed these crimes.'

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