Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Caucasus Report

Sons Call For New Investigation Into Georgian President’s Death

Georgians pay final respects to President Zviad Gamsakhurdia at his funeral in Tbilisi in April 2007 in connection with the discovery of his grave and his reburial with full honors.
Georgians pay final respects to President Zviad Gamsakhurdia at his funeral in Tbilisi in April 2007 in connection with the discovery of his grave and his reburial with full honors.
The three sons of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the Soviet-era dissident and literary scholar who served as Georgia’s president from May 1991-January 1992, have appealed for a new investigation into the circumstances of his death in December 1993.
In a statement released on March 31, the 75th anniversary of his birth, Konstantine, Tsotne, and Giorgi Gamsakhurdia called on current President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, human rights ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili, and Prosecutor-General Giorgi Badashvili to resume the official investigation shelved in 2004.
Gamsakhurdia died on New Year’s Eve 1993 in a remote village in western Georgia, following an abortive comeback attempt several months earlier, at the height of the war in Abkhazia. At the time of his death, the Georgian authorities concluded that he had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. His widow, Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia, the mother of Tsotne and Giorgi, claimed for her part he had been murdered.

Gamsakhurdia was buried in Grozny, where his family had settled after his ouster in January 1992 by warlords Tengiz Kitovani and Djaba Ioseliani. Following the destruction of much of that city during two successive wars, the precise location of his grave became unclear. It was finally found in March 2007, and an autopsy performed in Rostov-on-Don reportedly found two bullet holes in the skull. Gamsakhurdia’s remains were reinterred in Tbilisi with full honors shortly afterward.

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia nonetheless launched a campaign to clarify the circumstances of his father’s death. Following his election to parliament in 2008 as head of the opposition Tavisupleba (Liberty) party, a temporary parliamentary commission was set up in 2009, of which he was named chairman, to reassess the circumstances of the late president’s demise.

Sixteen months later, that commission concluded that the initial investigation ignored crucial evidence and the verdict of suicide was therefore open to question. It also established that the gun and bullet originally identified as having caused Gamsakhurdia’s death had disappeared. The commission submitted a 363-page report summarizing its findings to the Prosecutor-General’s Office, which failed, however, to act on them.

The parliamentary commission’s findings revived media speculation about whether Eduard Shevardnadze, who in 1993 was chairman of Georgia’s ruling State Council, played any role in Gamsakhurdia’s death. Shevardnadze had hailed the creation of the commission, predicting to the Russian daily “Vremya novostei” that it would lay such speculation to rest. But Shevardnadze nonetheless refused to submit to questioning by the commission, according to Caucasus Press on August 4, 2010.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 01, 2014 10:40
One must keep in mind, that Russian imperial resurrection
and their "Shtaby" ruled by intimidation and total control
of population.
Whether one committed suicide or was killed, Russia and its
telepathic, spying departments, criminal underground and most of Russians, united by bestial hate are behind it, directly or indirectly.
If you forgot who they are, read old books, like "All about nations and tribes populating territory of Russian Empire" and
"All about Jews", published during Nicolay II.
Or remember how they executed Budu Svanidze - when he sent them to hell, Russian executioners, dancing like canning macaques, said that his own Georgian, Stalin, sentenced him.
He sent to hell Stalin too - that let lying Russian macaques
use it to turn some Georgians against each-other, like at least one Svanidze in Moscow, which still believe it.
Never forget that the devil bitch is still near-by, to invade and to lie.
Investigation must be "truth, all truth, nothing but the truth",
or else it would be another self-dividing move of another condemned nation to fall under invading Russian bestial macaques expanding and breeding.
Russia will try to make any investigation stop with some local national, without going further to the real evil behind it - to expand again.

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