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There's nothing to try Akhmed Chatayev for?2012-12-19 20:09
A new hearing on the case of Akhmed Chatayev in connection with the fresh details the defense has got was scheduled for today. Chatayev, released on bail two weeks ago, came to the court himself. But the hearing has not taken place due to the fact that the prosecutor has not summoned their witnesses.
In the case of Ahmed Chatayev there have appeared fresh details, and therefore a new investigation has bugun. A criminal case was instituted under the article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia - abuse of power against individuals, who had forced the border guards who had detained Chatayev to give false testimony.
As stated by Nino Andriashvili, Chatayev lawyer, her client has already been interrogated as a witness. Prosecutors have also questioned the border guards who had been on patrolling the Georgian-Dagestan border during the special operation.
Recall, on the night of the 28th August, Georgian Interior Ministry carried out the anti-terrorist operation in the Lopota Gorge, at the Georgian-Dagestan border. The reason was the kidnapping of five young men from the forest of Lapankuri. According to official information, they got lost on the 26th of August. Georgian Interior Ministry stated that some illegal armed group had crossed the border and taken the five young men hostage. On August 29, the Interior Ministry released information that during the special operation to neutralize the armed group there had been killed two employees of the Interior Ministry and military doctor, five members of the special forces of Georgia had been wounded, 11 militants had been eliminated. What was the role of Akhmed Chatayev in all this?
As we know today, Chatayev was performing a task of the leadership of Counterterrorism Center of Georgian Interior Ministry, namely - he was sent from Tbilisi to Lopota for negotiations. It is known that Chatayev was personally asked about this by a certain Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, and the MIA officials asked him to take part in negotiations with armed Chechens and Kistins. Chatayev was to persuade them to lay down arms and surrender to law enforcement authorities. To do this, he needed to penetrate deep into the gorge, where he managed to meet and talk with members of the armed group. Having returned from the gorge unhurt, he told the leadership of Counterterrorism Center that if they leave Lopota, members of armed group return to the Pankisi Gorge. At this time, sniper bullet hit Chatayev. By some miracle he managed to escape. Wounded in the left foot, for 10 days Chatayev was hiding in the woods, as a result of which he got gangrene. This forced Chatayev to surrender to the border police. That day, Giorgi Kereselidze, Badri Tkemaladze and Gogi Ayvazashvili were patrolling the border. When the border guards saw Chatayev they provided him first aid and transported first to Tbilisi, and later to Gori, where in a military hospital he was amputated the injured foot. Recall, Chatayev has no right arm he lost in the war in Chechnya.
A criminal case against Chatayev, investigated by the Constitutional Security Department, involves the three border guards as witnesses - border guards from Pankisi, who have detained Chatayev. They urge that as soon as the wounded surrendered, they were summoned to the Department and instructed to sign a false confession against Chatayev. They were to declare that during the detention he had weapons and explosives.
Later, in a conversation with journalists, Kereselidze quite openly stated that Chatayev was not armed and could hardly stand on his feet.