Criminal case against more members of Armenian terrorist group sent to court in Azerbaijan

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By Trend

A criminal case against 13 more members of an Armenian terrorist group has been sent to the court in Azerbaijan, Trend reports with reference to the website of the Azerbaijani State Security Service and joint information of the State Security Service and the Prosecutor’s General Office.

The preliminary investigation on the criminal case initiated by the Main Investigation Department of the State Security Service against members of the Armenian armed formations disarmed on December 13, 2020, as a result of the anti-terrorist operation of the State Security Service has been completed.

After the announcement of a ceasefire agreed upon by Azerbaijan, Russia, and Armenia on November 10, 2020, upon a trilateral statement, those individuals having illegally and secretly entered the Azerbaijani territory, took up a position in a forest in the north-western part of the Hadrut settlement of Khojavend district and committed terrorist-subversive and other criminal actions against the military personnel and civilians of Azerbaijan.

“The investigative bodies revealed that a group of Armenian citizens, illegally acquiring weapons, components for the weapons, ammunition, explosives and devices, created armed formations not envisaged by the law,” the message said.

The members of these armed formations illegally crossed the state border of Azerbaijan on November 26-27, 2020 as an organized group, took up the combat positions in the forest and other areas in the northwestern part of the Hadrut settlement of Khojavend district.

Those individuals attacked enterprises. institutions and organizations, as well as individuals, organized explosions, fires and carried out other terrorist actions that pose a threat to the life and health of people until December 13, 2020, which may cause big damage to the property or lead to other socially dangerous consequences to violate public safety, sow panic among the population or influence the decision-making by the state authorities of Azerbaijan or international organizations.

Earlier, the public was informed that the investigation into the criminal case against 14 members of this illegal armed group was completed and, together with the indictment, was sent for consideration to the court.

The investigation on the criminal case initiated in connection with the above-mentioned facts against other members of the illegal armed group, Haykaz Hovhannisyan, Varazdat Manukyan, David Stepanyan, Levan Tosunyan and others, in total 13 accused, has been completed.

Thus, the investigation has been completed under Articles 214.2.1, 214.2.3 (terrorism committed by a group of people upon prior conspiracy by an organized group or criminal association (criminal organization) by using firearms and items used as weapons), 228.3 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, components for weapons, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices by an organized group), 279.2 (an attack on enterprises, institutions, organizations or individuals as part of armed formations or groups not envisaged by the law) and 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of Azerbaijan by a group of people upon prior conspiracy or by an organized group) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The criminal case together with the indictment approved by the deputy prosecutor general of Azerbaijan was sent for consideration to the court.

“The preliminary investigation on the relevant criminal case against other members of the above-mentioned armed formation has been completed, the documents of the case are being considered,” the message said.

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