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TBILISI -- Former Deputy Interior Minister Tamaz Ninua and his wife were found shot dead in their apartment in Tbilisi on November 13, RFE/RL's Georgian and Russian services report.

Shota Utiashvili, the chief of the information department in the Georgian Interior Ministry, told RFE/RL that Ninua and his wife were killed and an investigation is under way.

Ninua was considered a close associate of former Georgian Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze, who now lives in Moscow.

Targamadze is wanted by the Georgian authorities for his alleged illegal financial support to Georgian opposition groups.
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