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The nationals locked “skeletons in the wardrobe”2009-12-02 23:15
Recently, the parliament majority of Georgia blocked the Christian-Democrats' initiative on investigation of the headline-making murders to be held by the delegates. The point at issue was the "incidental" deaths of Zurab Vazagashvili, Amiran Robakidze, Sandro Girgvliani, Georgi Gamtsemlidze and other young men who died at the hand of policemen.
When they say that Mikhail Saakashvili's regime is maintained with the help of bayonets they do not only mean breaking up oppositional actions. The blood of the innocent was the price for the victory over criminality and corruption, of which the president is so proud: the authorities gave the police a carte blanche to fire at anyone arousing suspicion.
The list of "innocently killed" by soldiers in uniform has reached the number of 70 since 2003. The list was recently submitted to periodical Georgia and The World by the father of one of the victims Dzhambul Gamtsemlidze.
His 32-year-old son Georgi was guilty for speeding in the center of Tbilisi. The patrol tried to stop his BMW but the young man did not obey. He made an attempt to slip the law-enforcement officers at a high speed but was not able to make it and the car crashed into the curb. Gamtsmelidze started running. The moment he was running into a yard in Zandukeli street he was shot dead by policeman Vakhtang Abuashvili.
The pursuer was sentenced to two years of imprisonment, the shortest period possible under article "Reckless killing".
Four policemen were given the same short sentence for beating Sandro Girgvliani, a banking official, and pushing him off a cliff.
On the day he died, the young man had a quarrel with Head of Public Relations Service of MIA Guram Donadze in Sharden-Bar in the center of Tbilisi. Head of Constitutional Security Department of MIA Data Akhalaya (brother of the current Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaya), the wife of Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili Tako Salakaya and several other high-ranking officials were also present in the café at that moment.
In the evening, Sandro's body was discovered in the suburbs of Tbilisi showing signs of violent death. As a result of investigation, policemen Gia Alania, Avtandil Aptsiauri, Alexander Kachava and Mikhail Bibiluri found themselves in the dock. They served the smaller part of their sentence and were generally pardoned this spring.
The relatives of the killed man are sure that it was a contract murder performed by MIA rankers by order of their bosses.
There were other ridiculous deaths. Zurab Vazagashvili and Alexander Khubulov were shot in the course of a special operation, after which they were accused of preparing an armed attack. Amiran Robakidze was killed during the first anniversary of Rose Revolution when he was allegedly going to open fire from the car. In both cases, according to the attorneys, policemen planted the weapons on the people in order to justify their excessive zeal which led to the death of the young people.
Their parents will never put up with the loss and will never forgive the authorities for their connivance and protection of culprits dressed in uniform. They demand an investigation in order to punish those who gave the patrol the right to kill people.
The parliamentary opposition supports the relatives' demands. Recently, on the initiative of Chairman of the Christian Democrats fraction Georgiy Akhvlediani, the legislative body discussed the issue of establishing a deputy commission for investigation of those headline-making murders that keep exciting the Georgian society.