Margaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia September 26th 1978. He graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Margaryan then went to his mandatory military service term where he became a lieutenant in the Ministry of Defense.
On January 11’th 2004, Margaryan left for Budapest, Hungary to participate in a three month long English language course which was part of NATO’S partnership for Peace program.
On February 19 he was axed to death by the Azerbaijani Lieutenant Ramil Safarov. Who also was a participant of the same program, whilst he was asleep in his hotel room bed. A postmortem concluded that Safarov hit Margaryan sixteen times in his face, almost severing his head from his body, also stabbing him multiple times in his chest after his death. The murder was described “”unusualy cruel” by the Budapest police.
Balázs Kuti who was Margaryans roommate, says that around 9:50 he went to bed and Margaryan busied him self with studies and then shortly after went to Hayk Makuchyan who was also a program,
participant who stayed in another room. Kuti then remembers that lights were turned on and he thought it was Margaryan who had come back, only to wake up when he heard muffled sounds, he turned his head away from the wall and saw Safarov standing by Margaryan’s bed with a long axe in his hands. Safarov’s plan was to also murder Makuchyan, but discovered Kuti had locked the door and had went to call the police who showed up at the crime scene and arrested Safarov.
"I started to shout at the Azerbaijani, urging him to stop it. He said that he had no problems with me and would not touch me, stabbed Gurgen a couple of more times, and left. The expression of his face was as if he was glad he had finished something important"
During the trial, Safarov’s laywers tried to plead for insanity, claiming he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, they argued that he had gone through psychological trauma during the Nagorno Karabakh War, and that he and his family had been tortured by Armenians. However, this contradicts Safarovs earlier statement that he was studying in the Azeri capital Baku and in Turkey during the Karabakh war.
An Azeri doctor was brought in from Azerbaijan and examined Safarov and concluded he was insane, Although another doctor from Hungary also examined him and found that Safarov was of stable mind. The court sentenced Safarov to life imprisonment without the possibility of appeal until 2036
Andras Vaskuti, cited the premeditated nature and brutality of the crime and the fact that Safarov showed no remorse for his deeds as the reasons for the sentence.
However, In 2012 the Hungarian authorities were payed off and agreed to release and extradite Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan to serve the remainder of his sentence there. Dictator of Azerbaijan Illham Aliyev issued a pardon as soon as Safarov arrived to Baku and promoted him to the rank of Major. Safarov was also provided with luxury accomodations by the Azerbaijani government.
Elmira Suleymanova, the human rights commissioner of Azerbaijan stated that “Safarov must become an example of patriotism for the Azerbaijani youth” and that his “punishment was far too harsh”
Armenians all over the world and the Armenian government expressed outrage, along with many other governments such as France, Iran and countless others, They condemned the decision made by Hungary and Azerbaijan. The government of Armenia also announced that Armenia is suspending all diplomatic relations and all official contact with Hungary.
Gurgen Margaryans body was buried in Yerablur cemetery along with other Armenian heroes. In September 2013, Artush Margaryan, Gurgen Margaryan’s father, was hospitalized. According to Armenian news sources, Margaryan had attempted to commit suicide.