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Arms Caches Allegedly Connected To Georgian President's Party

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
TBILISI -- Georgian investigators say they have found several caches filled with weapons, explosives, drugs, and documents targeting opponents of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's party.

Interior Ministry's spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani told journalists on June 17 that materials were found buried in barrels in Georgia's western province of Samegrelo.

The spokeswoman said the caches contained photos and written material about people Saakashvili's United National Movement party allegedly planned to arrest if it won last year's parliamentary elections.

Giorgobiani said videos showing sexual abuse and the torture of unnamed individuals by law enforcement officials were also found.

Saakashvili's party has not yet commented the statement.

Many of Saakashvili's associates have been arrested and charged with wrongdoing since Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition won parliamentary elections in October 2012.

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