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“Successes” of Georgian counterintelligence or How Maisaya was turned into a spy2009-09-16 15:03
The details of inquest over the military expert, university lecturer Vakhtang Maisaya (see photo) were made public in Georgia. Today the representatives of the Human Rights Protection Center told about pressure put on the espionage suspect. It turns out he was forced to plead guilty during interrogations and made to defame the Chief of External Intelligence Service, UN Envoy and some other famous people.
Vakhtang Maisaya was arrested a day after the mutiny at the military base in Mukhrovani in May. His case was not directly connected with preparations for the military coup but became a logical continuation of the Mukhrovani story. Apparently some detainee scared by the inquest over the officers mentioned his name. Irakli Batkuashvili was also detained in this case. Like Maisaya he used to represent Georgia in NATO too.
Maisaya, dean of international politics faculty was strangely quick to confess to being an agent of foreign special services. Georgian Interior Ministry disseminated a video of his confession and an audio recording of his telephone talks with the recruiters. By the way Batkuashvili who allegedly provided him with secret information refused to testify to the investigators until exact accusations of illegal activity were brought against him.
By the Interior Ministry's version Maisaya's "espionage activities" involved sending materials and information containing the state secret. As the inquest found out he sent his codified works via email. The materials dealt with military, political, economic situation in Georgia and governmental changes carried out in the country as well as the data on arms and military equipment Georgia was purchasing. Generally speaking these are standard replies to standard questions of journalists that want a military specialist to comment.
Suspicions of submission of information on location of Georgian military units in the August war is a separate charge. "In August 2008, at the time of the Georgian-Russian war he submitted information on location of Georgia's military units, the number of military equipment and its deployment every hour. In exchange for that Maisaya was given monetary sums that were transferred to his account in Basisbank. Maisaya's actions are a crime stipulated by article 314, part one of Georgian Criminal Code - Espionage - threatening 12 years' imprisonment", - the Interior Ministry reported.
The confessionary statement presented by the Ministry contain Maisaya's words that for the information submitted to the customer during the Georgian-Russian war was paid EUR 3000.