(Reuters) - An Azeri officer who killed an Armenian with an axe at a Budapest military academy pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday, saying he took revenge for Armenian attacks on Azeris, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
"It was not my plan to be so cruel, savage," 27-year-old Ramil Safarov told the court. When asked why he almost severed the head of the victim he said "because they did the same to 8,000 people of ours".
In February, Safarov entered the Armenian's room, stabbed him several times with a knife and struck him repeatedly with an axe, almost severing his head. The pair were on an English language course run under the auspices of NATO's Partnership for Peace.
Safarov was charged with committing premeditated murder with extreme cruelty, and faces possible life imprisonment if found guilty, a Budapest Capital Court press official told Reuters.