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Tbilisi intentionally misleads society2009-03-20 12:34
The topic of two Georgian citizens detained in South Ossetia late in February is again among actualities. The information was controversial. Finally it turned out that the fate of the detainees would be decided in court.
Recently there was information from Georgia that South Ossetian authorities had exculpated the two Georgians detained by the republican law-enforcement authorities for illegal crossing of the state border. However according to the media Demur Chigladze and David Kapanadze remain in Tskhinval prison and the South Ossetian authorities' further plans are unclear yet.
This information was disproved by the committee of inquiry with the Interior Ministry of South Ossetia. According to Interfax the republic's law-enforcement authorities continue their investigation procedures with the detainees. By the way a criminal case on "Illegal procurement, sale, storage and transportation of ammunition and explosive devices" was initiated. Chigladze and Kapanadze partially admitted their guilt and gave written evidence. Besides now the Interior Ministry is verifying their involvement in the terrorist acts that struck South Ossetia earlier.
This information coming from Georgian sources sounds alarming as from the very beginning the South Ossetian authorities made the trial over Demur Chigladze and David Kapanadze transparent as much as possible as if anticipating a nasty trick from Tbilisi. Their apprehensions proved true.
Immediately after the detention of the state border trespassers Georgian Foreign Ministry stated that a criminal gang from South Ossetia had allegedly kidnapped the Georgians demanding a ransom for their release. The Georgian diplomats fell to the temptation to hit Moscow once again. "This incident explicitly shows that the Russian occupational forces are covering Tskhinval region with criminal acts and provocations aimed at aggravation of tension and intimidation of people going on there", - Caucasian Knot writes with reference to the official statement.
South Ossetian Interior Ministry took Tbilisi's yelping calmly stating that the citizens of Georgia had been detained for illegal border crossing and any ransom was out of question. However later new details about the detainees came to light. It turns out they had certificates of participants of military operations in August 2008 on them and most importantly they were armed.
Nevertheless the meeting with journalists was organized for the detainees with Chigladze and Kapandze assuring they had been going to a friend of theirs to a Georgian village but then they got lost. Certainly this doesn't agree with the certificates of "August veterans" and ammunition.