(AZG)–A former employee of Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry (1976-1995)–Aleqper Heydar oglu Ismailov–confirmed in a letter to an Azeri Russia-language website–www.realazer.com–that Baku’s authorities organized and partly carried out terrorist acts against Armenia’s during the Karabagh war and the years that followed.
Ismailov–who has been working at the Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry since 1997–particularly claims in his letter that terrorist acts were organized and carried out not only in Armenia but Georgia–Russia and Iran as well.
On May 20 of 2004–Ismailov was called to the Ministry of National Security were he was arrested. He was sentenced to several months of imprisonment for national treason in favor of Russia. Ismailov specifies in his letter what made him speak to the public: "I’ve already suffered 2 strokes–little time is left for me and I think it is vital that my children learn who their father is and how to love their fatherland. That is the reason why I want you to publish this document."
Ismailov confessed in the letter that while the head of the Department of Struggle Against Interethnic Conflicts in 1991-1995–he organized and carried out acts of sabotage: the explosions of bridges in Stepanakert and Imir (an Azeri village in Georgia)–as well as the explosion of Georgia-Armenia gas pipeline.
He confessed that he managed to place 30 kg of trotyl in Erebuni Hotel in Yerevan in 1993. He noted that he blew up two Armenian offices in Kuban and Stavropol acting on behalf of Kazaks; later on–he exploded the publishing house of anti-Armenian Kuban Harold newspaper on behalf of Armenian ASALA.
The most fascinating claim Ismailov makes is that they organized the explosion of the complex of government buildings downtown Yerevan for which they made provision of 3 tons of trotyl. But the October events in 1994 (the next attempt of political upheaval) distracted Baku’s attention from their barbaric plan in Yerevan. Ismailov insists that the explosion of an Armenian church in Tebriz in March of 1995 was being prepared but it also failed due to political tension in Azerbaijan.
Ismailov also said that he used more than 80 official sources for terrorist acts against Armenia–including information from the head of Mkhedrioni military-political group and the head of the Georgian Department of Intelligence–major general Avtandil Ioseliani.
"General Ioseliani provided me with information that he got from Armenia and I offered him information from Chechen reconnaissance about developmen’s in Abkhazia," he said.