YEREVAN (Arminfo)–The trial of an Armenian citizen charged with spying for Azerbaijan has begun in Yerevan. Andrey Maziyev is charged with high treason through espionage–plotting a terrorist act–and plotting the murder of a state political figure. Maziyev worked as en engineer at Zvartnots airport at the time of his arrest. He is Russian by nationality.
In October 1999–Maziyev was enlisted by Azeri special services while in that country.
On the whole–he met with representatives of Azerbaijan’s special services 17 times and received approximately $2.5 thousand for his services.
He allegedly collected and disseminated information about domestic political and economic developmen’s in Armenia–information on Armenia’s military–defense–and armed forces–as well as Mountainous Karabagh Republic.
In the autumn of 2000–Maziyev was instructed to photograph President Kocharian’s plane landing at the airport–helicopters protecting the territory of the airport–and the president and bodyguards passing by the building where Maziyev lives. He also took photos of the president in the hangar and building of the airport. He handed over the photos to the special services and recommended locations for snipers.
The special services were also interested in whether Maziyev had contacts with relatives of Nairi Hunanyan who spearheaded the 1999 shooting in the Armenian Parliament–killing the prime minister–parliamentary speaker–and six other officials.
Maziyev pleaded guilty to the charges at Thursday’s trial that included the interrogation of seven witnesses. The trial is chaired by the judge Tigran Petrosyan. The prosecution is represented by Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan and Prosecutor Aram Amirzadyan. The trial will continue on June 13.
He has two previous convictions for hooliganism (1994 and 1999).