The Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan detained a group of citizens of the country who took part in the fights in Syria as part of the illegal armed formations in the result of investigative activities, the department on public relations of the Ministry said.
Azerbaijani citizens Mustafayev Elkhan, Rasulov Bahruz, Azizov Kamran, Alikhanov Nadir, Shahbazi Bakhtiyar, his son Shahbazi Bahruz, Muhammadzade Sadiq, Hajiyev Rahim, Sultani Vidadi and Aslanov Ramil, were detained as suspects in the result of investigative activities, conducted by the Ministry of National Security, for creation of armed forces or groups, not provided by the legislation of Azerbaijan, as well as participation in their creation and activity, their provision with arms, ammunition, explosives, military engineering or military equipment, as well as for other actions that are contrary to the law.
A criminal case was launched under the articles 12.1, 279.1 (creation and participation in illegal armed formations outside of Azerbaijan), 28, 283-1.3 and 283-1.3 (involvement of Azerbaijani citizens or non-citizen persons residing in Azerbaijan, into the armed conflicts outside of Azerbaijan in order to disseminate religious teachings, under the guise of performing religious rites, or on the grounds of religious hatred, or implementation of military drills for this purpose, or creation of a sustainable group acting for this purpose, or management of such a group) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
The above listed persons were charged and a preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen against them by the court.
It was established that Elkhan Mustafayev, Bahruz Rasulov, Kamran Azizov, Nadir Alikhanov, Shahbazi Bakhtiar and his son Bahruz Shahbazi, born in 1985, as well as Sadiq Muhammadzade, Vidadi Sultani and Ramil Aslanov illegally entered the territory of Syria in 2014, underwent radical religious and military training as part of the illegal armed formations there, studied the rules for the use of firearms of various types.
After the training, these persons were involved in the fighting in Syria as part of the illegal armed formations, not envisaged by the legislation of Azerbaijan and Syria.
Operational and investigative actions are underway to investigate all details of criminal cases, as well as to establish the identity of other participants of these illegal acts.