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Georgian Mutiny Trial Begins

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (right) talks with soldiers who took part in a mutiny at the Mukhrovani military base in May.
TBILISI -- Hearings into the case of 41 Georgian Army officers accused of attempt to illegally overthrow the government have started in Tbilisi, RFE/RL’s Georgian and Russian services report.

A court spokeswoman, Tamar Andriadze, told journalists that the defendants are also charged with the illegal seizure of military equipment.

In May, the officers of a tank battalion at Georgia's Mukhrovani military base organized a mutiny, which was suppressed by forces loyal to the government.

Georgian officials accused Russia of being involved in the organization of the mutiny at the time.