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Georgia remembers Zhvania's case2012-11-27 12:38
Georgian Prosecutor General's Office reopened the investigation into the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, who died in 2005. This was announced by the brother of the deceased, the current parliament deputy from the coalition "Georgian Dream" Giorgi Zhvania after a visit to the prosecutor.
The politician said that yesterday night he was in Prosecutor General's Office of Georgia "to get acquainted with the materials available in the Office on this case". "I, in turn, I briefed Prosecutor General's Office with the materials that are available to me. We started active cooperation", said Zhvania.
He stressed that "the process of investigation into the death of Zurab has entered the active phase, this case is linked to specific persons, and specific persons will be questioned". Zhvania said that "now he did not want to talk about any details, since it is the prerogative of the investigation", the ITAR-TASS reported.
After the recent change of power in Georgia the new leadership has repeatedly stated their intention to investigate a number of high-profile cases - including the case of the death of Zhvania. The resumption of the investigation was in particular announced by Archil Kbilashvili, who recently was Prosecutor General. He said "there were suspicions that the official version of the death of Zurab Zhvania is far from reality".
The media also reported that in connection with the forthcoming investigation prosecutor intended to interrogate the former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and President Mikheil Saakashvili.
According to official data, 42-year-old Zhvania and his friend, the vice-governor of the region of Kvemo Kartli 27-year-old Raul Yusupov, died on February 3, 2005, from poisoning by household gas in Yusupov's apartment in Tbilisi. Zhvania's relatives and the opposition in recent years have repeatedly stated they did not believe in the official version of his death and demanded a re-investigation, writes Lenta.ru.
Zurab Zhvania was one of the most influential Georgian politicians in post-Soviet era. In 1995-2001 he was chairman of the parliament; in November 2003, together with Saakashvili and Burjanadze he was one of the leaders of the "Rose Revolution". Following Shevardnadze's resignation Zhvania headed the government of Georgia.