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Georgian ex-PM brings serious accusations against Shevardnadze2010-02-25 17:14
The ad hoc parliamentary commission for investigation the circumstances of the first President's death, at today's sitting listened to Tengiz Sigua, the ex-PM [in Gamsakhurdia's government] - Georgia Times correspondent.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said that Eduard Shevardnadze was interested in death of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, on his order in November 1991 a high-ranking Russian official arrived in Tbilisi and met with Tengiz Kitovani, the then Minister of Defense, who proposed the Minister to eliminate the President, but faced a refuse.
In January 1992, during the civil war, Kitovani helped Zviad Gamsakhurdia and his supporters to flee from their refuge in the Parliament's building.
Sigua added that when Shevardnadze came to power, and Gamsakhurdia fled, the plan to divide the country appeared: Eastern part to be ruled by Shevardnadze, Western - by Gamsakhurdia. Sigua believes the implementation of the plan would cause serious problems for Shevardnadze.
Sigua cited to ex-Minister of State Defense Igor Giorgadze, who said he had proposed Shevardnadze to arrest Gamsakhurdia in West Georgia, but had faced a reply that Shevardnadze didn't need Gamsakhurdia alive.
Ex-PM says Giorgadze refused to eliminate Gamsakhurdia and subsequently was persecuted by Shevardnadze, the order to assassinate the ex-President was trusted to Giorgadze's deputy, Avtandil Ioseliani.
According to Sigua, Shevardnadze tried to frame Giorgadze as guilty of other murders, including the assassination of deputy Interior Minister Giya Gulua, and intentionally granted him the title of general to awake suspicions.
As for the death of Gulua, Sigua remembered the latter came up to him shortly before his death, and said Georgia was attempted to be made a drug transit corridor. Gulua said he had discussed it with Shevardnadze. Soon after that talk he was murdered. The ex-PM supposed that Shevardnadze could be interested in that killing.