Sheikh Khamzat detained in Amsterdam
The Dutch authorities accuse one of Rovshan Lenkoransky’s cronies of using a fake passport and illegal carrying of firearms.
According to the latest reports, law enforcers collared Khamzat Gastamirov aka Sheikh Khamzat in Amsterdam, wrote Sputnik Azerbaijan citing an informed source.
The European keeper of polled cash fund went off the radar on August 22 right after his coming back from Baku, where he had arrived for the death anniversary of his senior comrade, the thief in law Rovshan Lenkoransky.
Police detained Sheikh Khamzat and 13 of his associates (more than half being his bodyguards) immediately upon arrival to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
According to the publication, the enemies of Rovshan Lenkoransky’s clan, who had known of Khamzat’s whereabouts, could have given a tip-off to the police.
Gastamirov’s gun was seized, as well as his fake passport in the name of Bulgarian citizen Peter Stoykov, bankcards, three mobile phones and a Franck Muller watch worth 85,000 euros. The police confiscated six pistols and four Kalashnikov assault rifles from the other detainees. The court put them in custody for three months on September 5. Today, one man was released due to health issues.
The first court session is expected to be held on December 5, 2017. Under the Dutch laws, Sheikh Khamzat may face up to 10 years of imprisonment for the crimes he committed.
He aroused suspicions in Baku, too: law enforcement officers detained Gastamirov on August 19 in Levengi restaurant. The searches were carried out at three places at once, since the siloviki believed that Sheikh Khamzat was holding a thieves’ gathering somewhere.
Having lived in Germany for the past few years, Gastamirov came to Azerbaijan to stay there for about a week. Besides his intention to pay homage to the deceased thief in law, he could have been resolving his own personal issues: he has been making attempts to get the "thief crown" lately.
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