MOSCOW, December 23 (RAPSI) - Samariddin Radzhabov, who stands charged with using violence against a police officer during an illegal summer rally, pleaded not guilty in court on Monday, RAPSI reports from Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court.

Earlier, the case was returned to prosecutors. A court took this decision sua sponte. A judge said that the indictment did not contain the name of a place of the alleged crime.

Radzhabov allegedly threw a bottle with water at an officer of the National Guard on July 27. The defendant pleads not guilty.

Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.

Following the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority. Several activists have been already convicted and sentenced. Charges against several others have been dropped.