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Saakashvili must respond for the death of Zurab Zhvania?30.10.2012 | 15:56
MP from the "Georgian Dream" Giorgi Zhvania has called on Mikheil Saakashvili to respond for a number of questions about the death of his brother - the former prime minister Zurab Zhvania. According to him, the version of the poisoning by carbon monoxide is a lie inspired by Saakashvili. And Giorgi Zhvania can refute it with the facts that he had been forced to hide. In short, the new government got out of the closet an old skeleton. Experts told the GTimes about the possible outcome of this process for the current president.
"The fact that Zurab Zhvania was eliminated by Saakashvili is well known in Georgia; but they spoke about this only in whispers, since they were afraid. Zhvania was betrayed by everyone - by his best friends and colleagues, and even his own family. They were keeping silent for so many years and did nothing, and this is called treason. Will they complete the investigation? I think so, but everything will depend on who is involved in the murder and staging of the play of the poisoning by carbon monoxide. The intrigue is in the fact that these people - Saakashvili, Merabishvili and Baramidze - have strange immunity in Georgia, despite the fact that all of them had committed criminal acts. Perhaps the U.S. do not allow punishing Saakashvili. Saakashvili is calm just because he has an agreement with the Americans. He worries only if Ivanishvili tekks Washington "no". I personally doubt this development, but do not rule out this option".
Stanislav Tarasov, a political analyst on international affairs.
"The disclosure of the fact of elimination of Zhvania - this is not just dirt on Saakashvili and those people who were behind this operation, but a more complex combination. Finally, any new government puts the old one a stigma and looks for its imaginable sins. Ivanishvili is still a "pig in a poke". I think the fun lies ahead.
The fact that Zhvania was eliminated by Saakashvili's team is obvious. Any revolution devours its children. Why not Mikheil Nikolozovich? Zhvania was a strong figure and a man with great links. He was closely associated with Russia, influential Georgian clans and the West".
Anna Broido, Caucasus expert, professor of the Moscow State Law Academy.
"The fact that Giorgi Zhvania now accuses Saakashvili of his brother's death is very little sincere. His behavior resembles a Georgian anecdote. Before the defeat of Saakashvili's party in the election the vengeful brother George was sitting quietly in the Parliament of Georgia and kept silence. The fact that Zurab Zhvania had died not without Saakashvili's help is being discussed in Georgia's kitchens every day, thus Giorgi Zhvania said nothing interesting.
I cannot say what Saakashvili, Merabishvili and Adeishvili are going to do. They say, large part of Saakashvili's team is going to flee, but this is only a rumor. Saakashvili's calm behavior can be explained by the fact that in Washington he was told "not to rock the boat". I also don't think Saakashvili keeps silent because he has decided to honorably lose. There is information that the Americans had promised him a place in the new ruling team. But to promise does not mean to marry. On the other hand, in the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia - the major policy issue of Georgia - Saakashvili and Ivanishvili completely agree.
I doubt that Ivanishvili will be the successor. Bidzina is a dark horse. Americans rather look at Irakli Alasania. Perhaps they find him more convenient for this post than Ivanishvili. On the other hand, Bidzina has the money".