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Georgian Themis: the number of regime martyrs keeps growing

2010-01-11 23:23

5055.jpegA general who had been steadily blamed for the betrayal of Motherland and for preparing a state coup was liberated today. It seemed like Koba Kobaladze did not have any chance to remain free after another convict Gia Gvaladze closed a bargain with the investigation. The court of Tbilisi, however, treated the general's case objectively, while other "mutineers" found themselves behind the bars for many years. Fortunately, the investigation is no longer trying to find "a Russian trace" in the business.


A line has been drawn under the case of a mutiny in Mikhail Saakashvili's army. General Koba Kobaladze, one of those who were involved in the scandal, has been justified, while another three commanders, Levan Amiridze, Koba Otanadze and Shota Gorgiashvili have been awarded an almost thirty-year sentence.

The Mukhrovani mutiny broke out in spring, right in the thick of the oppositional protest actions. The disobedience of the military at the base near Tbilisi looked like a deceptive maneuver for the people. Everyone was waiting for a logical outcome, that is, imposing the state of emergency and banning manifestations that demanded Saakashvili's removal.

Instead, over 30 people were arrested, including member of the Generals' Club, a respected organization in Georgia, Koba Kobaladze and military expert Vakhtang Maisaya. The latter is suspected of espionage in favor of Russia, his case being investigated separately.

It was the evidence of another mutineer, former commander of the Delta special detachment Gia Gvaladze that "worked" against Koba Kobaladze. He closed a legal bargain with the investigation at the beginning of September, having tarred the general's reputation. Later on, he repented of what he had done in his letter and then he withdrew his own accusations of perjury.

As was reported by Gia Gvaladze's attorney Maya Julagidze, the agreement drawn up on the grounds of cooperation with the investigation, as well as the admission of guilt, implies a two-year sentence for her client. Earlier, Gvaladze was facing a sentence of 7-15 years of imprisonment.

General Kobaladze, who has been put to a pre-trial detention center, is facing a prospect which is far from being positive. He did not admit his guilt and did not close any bargain with the investigation. The opposition announced him a political prisoner. Today, on the trial day, a protest action was held in his support.

As explained to GeorgiaTimes earlier by the general's attorney Gela Nikoleishvili, his client has fallen into disgrace so long as he enjoyed too strong an authority in the army circles, which fact has always irritated the president.

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