In 2004, Safarov traveled to Budapest to study English in NATO’s “Partnership for Peace program.” While there, he murdered Armenian national Gurgen Margaryan, who was attending the same course. Safarov killed Margaryan with an ax while he slept.
Safarovu was charged under article 166.2 Hungarian CRIMINAL CODE (murder with aggravating circumstances), entailing deprivation of liberty of 10 to 15 years or life imprisonment. The Court sentenced Safarov to life imprisonment, without the right to Amnesty during the first 30 years. The judge explained his decision particularly cruel murder Safarova and the fact that the latter has not repented of having committed an offence.