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Artur Gabrielyan (born in 1983), who was detained in densely-Armenian-populated Akhalkalaki town of Georgia on August 8, has been charged, JNews reported.

In connection with the murder in Akhalkalaki, the Georgian prosecutor's office has charged Gabrielyan with premeditated murder as well as illegal acquisition, possession, and carrying of firearms and ammunition; the maximum penalty for this crime is 7 to 15 years in prison.

The aforesaid incident took place on August 8, during an argument between young people, and a 27-year-old man was killed. This tragedy caused a mass riot in Akhalkalaki, and as a result, special forces were called in to resolve the situation. At the moment, the situation in the town has stabilized.

The investigation found out that the accused, Artur Gabrielyan, had shot and wounded V. M. (born in 1993) during the aforesaid argument, and V. M. had died before being taken to the hospital.

Police have confiscated the weapon with which this crime was committed.

Gabrielyan was detained a few hours after the incident.

The investigation is still in progress.

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