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Kidnapping and release of the monk Jonah was Georgia's invention2012-02-15 15:32
The information that the Georgian priest of the church Sameba (Holy Trinity), monk father Jonah was released as a result of Georgia's Interior Ministry activity in Abkhazia does not correspond to reality. This was stated by the head of the department of the MIA of Gali district of Abkhazia, bordering with Georgia, Lawrence Kogonia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The information that the Georgian priest of the church Sameba (Holy Trinity), monk father Jonah was released as a result of Georgia's Interior Ministry activity in Abkhazia does not correspond to reality, according to IA REGNUM. This was stated by the head of the department of the MIA of Gali district of Abkhazia, bordering with Georgia, Lawrence Kogonia.
"There is no information about finding a priest on the territory of Abkhazia from law enforcement agencies", REGNUM quoted Lawrence Kogonia. He is confident that the monk was held in Georgia, but Georgian side has purposefully stated that it was held in Abkhazia. "Georgian Interior Ministry cannot conduct special operations on the territory of Abkhazia. And if they have conducted certain activity at home and managed to free the priest, that is their right", Kogonia said.
Earlier we've already written that in January, Georgian media reported that the Georgian priest Father Jonah (in the worldly life Mamuka Maisuradze) was kidnapped during his attempt to visit the holy places in Abkhazia. His relatives later told that the kidnappers had demanded $ 100,000 as a ransom. February 13, Georgian MIA reported that its law enforcemnt officers had released a monk father Jonah, who was allegedly held in captivity in Abkhazia. However, for the Abkhaz authorities these events are still remaining a mystery. The head of the Gali district department of internal affairs Lawrence Kogonia said that "the finding of a monk on the territory of Abkhazia was not confirmed". Kogonia is sure: father Jonah was held in Georgia. "The misinformation about kidnapping and the fact that he was held in Abkhazia is being spread purposely".