17 individuals sent to pre-trial custody in case of death of Giorgi Shakarashvili (PHOTO/VIDEO)

17 individuals, detained earlier in the case of the death of 19-year-old footballer Giorgi Shakarashvili, have been sent to pre-trial detention today.

The trial was held behind closed doors in the Mtskheta District Court, as six defendants in the case are minors.

Giorgi Shakarashvili’s body was found in the river Aragvi after a four-day search, earlier this week.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the detainees committed group violence and illegally deprived several individuals of their liberty.