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Georgian MFA found out in a lie2009-12-14 22:09
Head of the Georgian MFA Grigol Vashadze was found out in a lie. He stated before the French parliamentarians that Armenian activist Vaagn Chakhalyan was put to prison for... espionage, although he was tried on an absolutely different charge. Armenian organizations have already accused Vashadze of disseminating wrong information. Well, he is quite accustomed to it.
When people fail to find any suitable excuse for their actions they resort to blatant lie. When Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze was asked in France a question about Armenian activist Vaagn Chakhalyan, he did not find anything better than bringing a more "serious" accusation against the latter: an accusation of espionage.
GeorgiaTimes reported the details of the legal process on Vaagn Chakhalyan, a resident of the Armenian-populated region of Samtskhe-Javakheti who got under the wheels of the repressive machine meant for suppressing nonconformity in Georgia.
The United Javakh organization led by him stood for increasing the welfare of the regional residents and tried to attain greater powers for the local authorities and rights for national minorities. The functions of municipal government in the middle of 2005 were significantly limited by the new law concerning local government. As to economical problems, they started developing in the region as soon as the 62nd Russian military base, where significant part of population was engaged, was withdrawn from the town of Akhalkalaki.
In the summer of 2008, the Georgian authorities evidently decided to ultimately get rid not only of the Ossetian separatism but of the Armenians as well, for they were demanding too much of independence from the point of view of Tbilisi. On July 17, explosions sounded in Javakh, which the Armenians instantly characterized as special services' provocation. The houses of local activists were searched. Two policemen were killed. The police seized Vaagn Chakhalyan, his father and brother, having allegedly discovered weapon in their house. Another leader of the United Javakh movement Gurgen Shirinyan managed to escape before the arrest.
In December, Shirinyan was sentenced in his absence to 17 years of imprisonment according to the "Murder" article. Vaagn Chakhalyan and family were charged with illegal acquisition and keeping of arms, mass disorders arrangement and resistance to police officers. The brother and father were awarded conditional sentences and fines, while Vaagn himself was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.