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Truth and fiction in Buta Robakidze's case2013-02-25 19:12
The murder of a 19-year-old Buta Robakidze by the police officer took place eight years ago in Didube district of Tbilisi, and today is again on everyone's lips. Former police officer Irakli Pirtskhalava has spread a video allegedly reflecting the full version of the unfortunate events of the autumn night. The video was shown on the air of local TV channel "Rustavi 2" and later aired by other broadcasters. Experts state this video is another farce.
At first, in November 2004, president Mikheil Saakashvili said: "Zero tolerance for offenders". These words de facto gave the police additional powers in Georgia, and 2 years they adopted a law on zero tolerance for offenders.
Police inspector Gregory Bashaleishvili has shot 19-year-old Amiran Robakidze. A criminal case on the murder committed in circumstances of self-defense was instituted. It remains only to find out who threatened the police inspector.
In the night from 23rd to 24th November 2004, police inspectors Bashaleishvili and Abuashvili stopped a BMW with Kakhaber Azariashvili, Giorgi Kurdadze, Irakli Mikaberidze, Akaki Bartaia, Levan Dagnadze and Amiran, also known as Booth Robakidze. According to the inspectors, half an hour before they met in the street a beaten a guy who claimed that he had been attacked by a group of bandits, who were traveling in the BMW. Therefore, the BMW, driven by a Kakhaber Azariashvili, automatically fell under suspicion. During the detention, Robakidze was shot down, the others have not suffered. At the first police interrogation claimed that out of the car, Robakidze already holding a Kalashnikov rifle, and they had to shoot in self-defense.
Former journalist of a program "Video Patrol" Gotcha Mukbaniani witnessed the crime. He says that in the first footage has not recorded the fact that guys had got firearms. However, the footage that appeared later recorded the weapon. This indicates that Mikadze - the head of Tbilisi patrol police department and Donadze - the head of the press service of the Interior Ministry, who arrived at the crime later, juggled with facts falsifying the crime. That's what Mukbaniani says: "Donadze and Mikadze arrived at the scene of the crime; we got into their car. They took a camera from cameraman Zurab Vatsadze and rewound the recording. There was a sound of a shot and no foreign weapons. Donadze took the tape - he was our boss and had a right to do that. They went out of the car and Donadze told the operator he would be summoned when he needed. After 20-30 minutes they really called Vatsadze, and he started making those shots seen by the whole of Georgia. A little later I came out of the car and saw the gun. A submachine gun was lying on the engine jacket, and a handgun - near Buta Robakidze's feet".
Thus, immediately after the murder, on the instructions of senior officials of the Prosecutor's Office and the Interior Ministry, a large number of firearms and military material was delivered at the scene, so the guys from BMW had a weapon and a posed a threat. This was shot by the cameraman Zurab Vatsadze. Giorgi Kurdadze and other persons were prosecuted under the Article 236 part 1 and 2 - the illegal purchase, possession and carrying of firearms and ammunition. Three of the guys spent several months in jail.
Today, when a new, supposedly full version of footage shot on the night of the murder has appeared, a non-governmental human rights organization "Article 42 of the Constitution" protecting Kurdadze's interests - a friend of the victim - makes a statement on the matter.