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Gamsakhurdia’s “Moscow truth”2010-02-02 15:35
Konstantin Gamsakhurdia, son of first Georgian president, now heading the parliamentary commission investigating into circumstances of his father's death accuses Edward Shevarnadze, the country's former leader, of his involvement in murder referring to the information by ex state security minister Igor Giorgadze he had met in Moscow. Despite Shevarnadze's refutation the parliamentarian will now press for the status of a commission of inquiry. What will the revelations of security officials mean to Georgia's ex leader?
According to the official version Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first president of Georgia who was stripped of his power as a result of the military coup d'etat and a three-month siege of the House of Government died in Dzveli Khibula village in Samegrelo mountainous area. The owner of the house Gamsakhurdia was living in informed he had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Inquest into Zviad Gamsakhurdia's death comprising 8 volumes gave no definite answer about the reasons of Georgia's first president's death. Moreover, the media got hold of information that the bullet hole had been found in the back of the head arousing new rumors about Gamsakhurdia's violent death.
Last week Konstantin Gamsakhurdia went to the Russian capital to clarify circumstances of his father's death. In Moscow the son of Georgia's first president met with a number of former high-ranking officials of Georgia including ex state security minister Igor Giorgadze and ex defense minister Tengiz Kitovani. It was Giorgadze who told Gamsakhurdia that the order to liquidate Zviad Gamsakhurdia had been given by Edward Shevarnadze who wanted the first president dead to legalize his own authority.
Now Gamsakhurdia intends to call on the chairman of Georgian parliament to prolong the term of commission's validity granting it the status of a commission of inquiry. He also is going to summon Shevarnadze to the commission's session and interrogate him.
The ex president himself refuses to be interrogated stating that Gamsakhurdia as head of the commission investigating into circumstances of his father's death will be biased to evaluate the events of those years. "I don't trust Igor Giorgadze, ex state security chief of Georgia, - Shevarnadze is quoted by Regnum news agency. - I had no trust in him when he was security minister. As for the fact that Gamskakhurdia was put on the wanted list - everybody knew that. I was late to learn about his liquidation". Curiously enough Shevarnadze confirmed the information that Zviad Gamsakhurdia had been prosecuted by two groups: the Interior Ministry's and the Security Service's led by Giya Gulua and Avtandil Ioseliani.