MOSCOW, October 12 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday dismissed an appeal against detention of rapper Elmin Guliyev accused of hitting pedestrians by car in central Moscow, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

The defendant is to remain detained until November 21, the court held.

Initially, the man was charged with a road traffic offense that caused harm which endangered life or causes the victim severe bodily harm. But later charges against him were toughened after drugs had been found in his blood. Now he is prosecuted of committing a road traffic accident in a state of intoxication. He could face up to 7 years in jail if convicted.

According to the investigation, on September 21, Guliyev driving his Infiniti ran a red light at the signal controlled intersection and collided with another car. Then the defendant’s car went into a foot path and hit two people. They were taken to a hospital.