Georgian photographer is sure that Saakashvili is aware of his innocence
One of photographers arrested in Georgia - Giorgi Abdaladze appealed to President Mikhail Saakashvili with a request to clarify the reason for his detention.
"We are in custody under your direct orders for the fourth day. For four days I think about what could cause your anger and why you have decided to punish us?" "Of course, you know very well that none of us have nothing to blame, and we have only performed our professional duty - photographer appeals to the President of Georgia. - That's why we were punished?" - "Segodnya.ru" quoted the words of Abdaladze.
He noted that the actions of law enforcement agencies of the republic will only spur the country's society to fight against the unjust actions of the authorities. "I will go out of here alive and right or dead, but still right! That is what will awaken the Georgian media, the international community and our people" - he added.
Previously, law enforcement bodies of Georgia have detained the personal photographer of President Mikhail Saakashvili Irakli Gedenidze and his wife. There were also detained Zurab Kurtsikidze and George Abdaladze.
It was noted that the police raided the homes of the detainees, taking away their cell phones and computers and devices of their families.
The detainees are accused of providing a variety of information to "an organization working under the cover of one of the special services of foreign states, to the detriment of the interests of Georgia".
Irakli Gedenidze has later admitted in cooperation with Russian intelligence agencies.
Gedenidze said that he provided the daily routine, the itineraries of convoy and the location of the residences of the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili to his colleague Zurab Kurtsikidze, which was in direct contact with the Russian side. According to the photographer, he was forced to espionage by threats and blackmail. Thus Kurtsikidze has not pleaded his guilt.
Many Georgian human rights organizations and opposition parties have already expressed their protest against the actions of the authorities. "The detention on espionage charges was, unfortunately, is a common event. Saakashvili's regime has been terrorizing not only political opponents but also members of the media" - said in a statement of the party "Free Georgia".
"The regime is such brazen that it is even arresting members of the liberal media. Such terror and violence by the authorities threaten to all those who for whatever reason is unacceptable for them" - underlined the party.