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2 Azerbaijanis convicted of espionage in Nagorno-Karabakh

Court in Nagorno-Karabakh convicts 2 Azerbaijani citizens of espionage

2 Azerbaijanis convicted of espionage in Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- A court in Nagorno-Karabakh has convicted two Azerbaijani citizens of espionage.

The court in Stepanakert on Monday gave a life sentence to one of the two convicts and sentenced the other one to 22 years in prison.

Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region and some adjacent territory have been under the control of Armenian soldiers and local Armenian forces since a 1994-cease-fire that ended a six-year war.

Attempts to negotiate a peaceful settlement have stalled, and the sides engage in frequent shootings and attempted incursions along the cease-fire line. Tensions have soared since Azerbaijani forces downed an Armenian military helicopter last month.

There was no immediate comment to Monday's conviction from Azerbaijan's authorities.

Updated : 2021-06-18 06:51 GMT+08:00