Trial over Chechen detainee in Georgia's Lopota Gorge to be held on October 29

Photo: Trial over Chechen detainee in Georgia's Lopota Gorge to be held on October 29 / Georgia

Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 24 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /

The prosecutor's office has said that Ahmed Chatayev detained during a special operation in Lopota Gorge has been charged upon the first and second parts of Article 236 of the Criminal Code.

The prosecutor's office told the Kakheti Information Centre that Chatayev is accused of the illegal purchase, possession and carrying of an explosive device, which is punishable by imprisonment from three to five years. Before his arrest Chatayev and his family lived in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia.

After the arrest, his wife left Georgia and presumably went to Turkey.

Some 11 militants were killed in a special operation at Lopota Gorge.

Chatayev denies the charge and has pleaded his innocence. The Centre for Human Rights urges the justification and release of the detainee. According to the human rights organisation an ethnic Chechen who obtained refugee status in Austria, is in custody in Georgia illegally.

A preliminary court hearing on Chatayev's case will be held in the Tbilisi City Court on October 29.

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