Baku declares Swiss citizen internationally wanted

Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office announced about its decision to arrest Swiss citizen Vartan Sirmakes, a co-founder and CEO of Franck Muller Group, and declared him internationally wanted.

The Office has revealed that Sirmakes with a group of people was engaged in illegal economic activity in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan to propagandize the illegal regime in these areas at the international level.

Investigation Department for Grave Crimes, operating at the Prosecutor General’s Office, continues an investigation on this criminal case, which was earlier launched in line with articles 318.2, 281.2 and 192.2.2 of the Criminal Code.

He also, without permission, took part in a ceremony for opening of a gold mine in the Veyneli village of the Armenia-occupied Zangilan district of Azerbaijan, and to do so he illegally crossed the state borders.

Sirmakes also committed malevolent acts, calling into question the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, according to investigation.

From November 11, he was held accountable under the mentioned articles of the Criminal Code, and the Nasimi District Court of Baku made a decision to arrest him as a preventive measure.

Sirmakes thus was put on the international wanted list.

Interpol’s National Central Bureau at Azerbaijani Interior Ministry has said it is further holding the necessary investigations and operational searches to apprehend Vartan Sirmakes, and involve him in the investigation.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

SOURCE: AZER NEWS

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